England may have to stick with Jermaine Defoe for World Cup in Russia

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane is a World Cup doubt for England after reportedly being ruled out until May.

The Premier League’s joint leading goalscorer damaged ankle ligaments for the third time in 18 months in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Bournemouth.

A Tottenham source revealed to the Daily Star that the injury is as serious as the one that kept him out for seven weeks from September 2016.

Kane had been expected to be ruled out until the end of April and will still only have a handful of games left to try to regain fitness ahead of England’s World Cup campaign in Russia.

He suffered the injury when his right foot got trapped under Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and left Dean Court on crutches, while Spurs then had to postpone a scan due to the amount of swelling.

A long lay-off will also seriously damage Tottenham’s hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League, while they also head to Swansea in the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend.

Kane would also miss the semi-finals, should Spurs get there, while he will also be sidelined for four league fixtures after the international break, including a potential top-four decider against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.