Dele Alli has 'slim chance' for England v Panama, says Gareth Southgate

Jun 23, 2018, 02:33
Dele Alli has 'slim chance' for England v Panama, says Gareth Southgate

The 31-year-old played in all but the final game of the World Cup qualifiers but was omitted from Gareth Southgate's squad after a disappointing season on loan at West Ham United.

The attacking midfielder - incorrectly spelled as "Ali" on assistant Holland's note - was the only absentee from training on Thursday, when Southgate took the session despite the discomfort of a dislocated shoulder.

Raheem Sterling has revealed his incredible journey from helping his mother clean hotel toilets to becoming an England World Cup star.

A former England defender, Southgate has tried to reduce the friction between reporters and players by giving more access to players - even after news conferences.

Dele Alli remains a doubt for England's second game in Group G against Panama after suffering a thigh strain on Monday night.

However, when England face Panama on Sunday, Southgate will have to be very careful with the way he celebrates any goals.

"There is a squad of 23 names on the sheet", Southgate told talkSPORT.

England are out in Russian Federation for the World Cup and will be hoping their stay at the ForRestMix hotel isn't a brief one. "We are going to cause them as many threats as we can using our own styles of play", he said.

Southgate leapt from the bench in joy as Harry Kane scored an injury-time victor to get England's campaign off to a winning start against Tunisia on Monday.

"Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it's a disadvantage to us so of course our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not".

"It is something we have spoken about and we are going to stick to our game plan".

And he was suitably impressed when England did exactly that to secure three points against Tunisia with Kane's injury-time header.

"He knows us well enough by now, our characters, individually they're all different, it's down to him". "I think he was away at an England camp and he had to fly back to see the birth of his child, he got there 10 minutes before - so hopefully I can do the same".

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