Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli is a major doubt for England’s Three Lions’ Sunday’s fixture against Panama after suffering a thigh injury in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Tunisia.
The 22-year-old hardworking midfielder cropped the injury during the first stanza and close to being substituted by Manchester City’s Fabian Delph before the 45 minutes mark, but managed to hold on. However, in the closing moments’ of the game, the Nigerian-born player showed signs of the injury and was later substituted deep in the second stanza.
According to reports, the England international is expected to undergo further checks (today) Tuesday to know the extent of the injury. On his part, Alli allayed injury fears later on Monday night, saying: “Hopefully I am okay.” Reacting on the injury concern, Three Lions’ boss, Garry Southgate said: “We had to keep monitoring Dele. He was feeling a bit of an issue just before half-time, but felt he could carry on.
“The runs he was making was still causing problems. He had a half chance from Jordan Henderson’s pass, but we had good options on the bench. “The freshness of Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek would bring energy and a different threat to the one we’d posed. “They had a good impact on the game. So did the four forwards who started the game. Their movement and runs and interchanges were a real problem. A lot of things to be pleased with.”
Meanwhile, it had been reported that Harry Kane will not rule out the prospects of toppling Portugal’s superstar Cristano Ronaldo to the Golden Boot award. Kane enjoyed a scoring run in the English topflight for Tottenham over the years, but would be looking forward to reply his critics on the big stage. According to the reports, the Three Lions captain in response to series of jokes about him on the Internet, particularly the trophy he got from Russian locals during the Three Lions’ arrival in Russia is likely, the only silverware he will get at the Mundial.