Dele Alli Emerges As Serious Doubt For Panama Clash

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli is a serious doubt for England’s second Group G game at the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

The 22-year-old picked up a thigh injury in their tournament opener against Tunisia and has not trained since then.

Dele Alli played his part as The Three Lions defeated North African side Tunisia 2-1 courtesy club teammate and England captain Harry Kane’s late strike.

According to England manager Gareth Southgate, Dele Alli only has a “slim chance” of playing against Panama on Sunday after he didn’t train with the rest of his team-mates in Zelenogorsk on Friday morning.

He trained separately from the England squad as he continues to recover from the injury.

The former MK Dons star was also not part of the supposed England line-up leaked to reporters via a note held by assistant manager Steve Holland.

The leaked starting XI showed that Chelsea forward Ruben Lotus-Cheek will be the midfield partner for Jordan Henderson though Southgate is adamant that does not necessarily depict the team he’ll start with for the Panama game.

Ahead of the clash, England trained behind closed doors on Friday knowing that a win would take them closer to the knockout stage.

They will fly to Nizhny Novgorod on Saturday before the match scheduled for Sunday.