England News: Alli struggling with injury

5 months ago

In the latest England news, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has emerged as a fitness doubt for the Three Lions at the World Cup after coming off injured in Monday’s 2-1 win over Tunisia.

Alli was named in England’s starting XI for their Group G opener against Tunisia as Gareth Southgate’s men picked up a last-gasp win at the Volgograd Arena.

Harry Kane gave the 1966 World Champions the lead in the 11th minute when John Stones’ header was parried back into danger by goalkeeper Mouez Hassen, who was taken off shortly after with a shoulder injury.

The Three Lions spurned several chances after that and they were made to pay when Kyle Walker gave away a silly penalty, which was dispatched in commanding fashion by Ferjani Sassi, in the 35th minute.

It was a scrappy affair after the break and it looked like the African side were going to come away with a share of the spoils, only for captain Kane to nod in a stoppage-time winner for England.

A great start to the 2018 World Cup it may be for Southgate, but the manager is now sweating over the fitness of Alli after he was forced to come off in the second half with a thigh injury.

It has now been revealed the 22-year-old midfielder will have a scan on the injury on Tuesday and England will be keeping their fingers crossed the problem is not as bad as first feared.

Alli’s absence could hand a chance to Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who came on for the Spurs man, while Marcus Rashford is also pushing for a start after looking lively when he replaced Raheem Sterling.

England are next in action on Sunday when they take on Panama, who could be eliminated from the tournament if they lose after their opening 3-0 defeat to Belgium.

The Three Lions are firm 1/6 favourites with bet365 to win their second Group G game, a draw is priced at 13/2 while their opponents are massive 25/1 outsiders to cause a huge shock in Russia.

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