Fabian Delph returns for England, Dele Alli included despite possible ban

Sep 29, 2017, 00:18
Fabian Delph returns for England, Dele Alli included despite possible ban

The Three Lions welcome Slovenia to Wembley next Thursday, before rounding off World Cup qualification with a trip to the Baltics to take on Lithuania.

TOTTENHAM midfielder Dele Alli will make the latest England training squad even though he faces a lengthy global ban.

"We run the risk of looking a shambles as he could get withdrawn again in half an hour..."

Manager Gareth Southgate said that Alli's inclusion could backfire for England but remains hopeful that the 21-year-old will be available for the upcoming fixtures. "We hope common sense prevails", Southgate told reporters on Thursday.

Fabian Delph and Fraser Forster have earned worldwide recalls for the fixtures against Slovenia and Lithuania. "We have a situation in midfield were we need to have more competition for places".

"In the middle of the pressure of a game, then everybody can react at different moments in different ways". There is a grey area here because I see players, coaches swearing, not with hand gestures but not being punished.

Gareth Southgate's side need just two points from their final two Group F fixtures to book their spot at next summer's showpiece in Russian Federation, with Slovenia coming to Wembley on Thursday before England travel to Lithuania on Sunday.

England called up Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph for the first time in almost two years.

The Manchester City midfielder has worked his way back into Pep Guardiola's first-team plans this season and looks set for an extended stint in the team, albeit at left-back, after Benjamin Mendy's injury. He was a very important player for a period with Roy [Hodgson].