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Gareth Southgate admits Harry Kane tried to ruin Chelsea star Cole Palmer's dream England moment

Cole Palmer pictured scoring his first goal for England against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday night
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England boss Gareth Southgate admitted he dismissed former Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane's cheeky bid to step up for the penalty that Cole Palmer went on to score, marking England's first goal in their match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Kane made his on-field appearance during the game's last 30 minutes as a substitute, making an impact by slotting home the third goal for the Three Lions. Seconds before Palmer was substituted for Kane, the Chelsea man had scored the opener from the penalty spot.

Having been away from action owing to a back injury that led him to miss out on two of Bayern's final season games, this marked the Three Lions' captain's comeback. While concerns over Kane's fitness were sparked, Southgate was quick to dispel them post-match.

Reaffirming that Kane is back in form and all set to start the Friday match against Iceland at Wembley, Southgate shared how he had to dismiss a plucky request from his captain. Speaking with Radio 5 Live, Southgate recounted: "Our plan today was half an hour and he'll start on Friday. He had the audacity to ask to come on and to score the penalty which was never going to happen! The great thing is we've got through the last few days with no new problems,".

Adding onto the positive updates, Southgate said: "That's really important. We needed to get through these first matches to get a clearer picture. The guys rehabbing have done well. [Bosnia] were an opponent that was dogged, determined.

"Physically, it was a good workout but in the end, a good performance. The scoreline reflected the performance. We had a lot of fresh players to bring in. Once you break that resistance then it starts to come.

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"A lot players didn't have many caps that started so it was going to be a sticky start. I thought the intensity of the game was good. Winning and clean sheets are good habits to have."

Trent Alexander-Arnold added to the scoreline with a volley, assisted by an impeccable cross from Jack Grealish. The victory was sealed when Kane managed to scramble the ball into the net from close range.

The skipper himself is eager to kick off England's Euros campaign. "I'm feeling good. A lot of the end-of-season was a precaution. There was a big summer coming up so we didn't want to take risks with it. In the end, it was a good chance to get a good break at the end of a tough season," he shared with Channel 4.

"Obviously, we've been in camp now for a week. I've had a good week training, some minutes here.

"I'm sure I'll get some minutes on Friday and I'll be ready to go for the group stage. I feel fine.

"I'm not someone who takes too long to get sharp."