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Dele Alli a big doubt for England

Tunisia v England: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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Dele Alli’s hopes of being ready for England’s World Cup game against Panama on Sunday appear bleak with head coach Gareth Southgate suggesting that he remains a big doubt, reports Sky Sports

The Tottenham midfielder sustained a thigh problem during England’s Group G opener against Tunisia on Monday but continued to play until the latter stages of the match when he was substituted in favour of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Alli has done some running during the team training sessions, which appeared to have reignited hopes that he may be able to feature for England after all.

But in a press conference today, Southgate admitted that the 22-year-old only has “a slim chance” of retaining his place in the team for Sunday’s game.

Should Alli be unavailable, then Southgate will likely name Loftus-Cheek as his replacement after the Chelsea midfielder impressed in his short appearance on Monday for the Three Lions.

England will progress to the last 16 if they beat Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday and Belgium defeat Tunisia.