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    England trouble: Key midfielder trains alone ahead Panama World Cup clash


    Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been forced to train separately from the rest of the England squad as they build-up for Sunday’s clash with Panama.

    The 22-year-old suffered an injury during the Three Lions’ 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday with Gareth Southgate confirming that Dele is now doubtful.

    Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who replaced Dele during England’s win over Tunisia, is the player expected to take his place when Southgate’s side line-up in Nizhny Novgorod.

    Report from Russia

    Dele was withdrawn versus Tunisia after 80 minutes having suffered a slight thigh strain earlier in the match looking in some discomfort.

    The former MK Dons player trained alone during the main session despite completing the warm-up with the rest of the squad.

    Southgate has confirmed that he is unlikely to be involved against Panama:

    “We have to wait and see whether Dele is going to be fit.

    “It’s looking unlikely because he has not trained with the team yet, but he’s progressing really well, so we won’t rule that out just yet.”

    Result: Tunisia 1-2 England

    VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 18: Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

    The Three Lions headed to Russia with plenty of optimism surrounding Gareth Southgate’s selected squad and the players also delivered plenty of reasons to remain optimistic as they kicked off their World Cup campaign on Monday evening.

    England took the lead through Kane who followed up John Stones’ parried shot – a goal which proved as a reward for their positive start to the game.

    Later in the first-half, a controversial moment in which Kyle Walker was adjudged to have fouled Fakhreddine Ben Youssef inside the area resulting in Tunisia’s equaliser, lead to England having to endure long periods of frustration.

    However, unlike in previous major tournaments, England did not act with haste nor with desperation, instead, Southgate’s side stuck to their guns and courtesy of Kane remaining calm from just a few yards out snatched three points in stoppage time.

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