England's Dele Alli 'unlikely' to face Panama

Alli Will Miss England’s Game Against Panama, Confirms Southgate

England's Dele Alli 'unlikely' to face Panama

Dele Alli has returned to practice with the England squad but carried out individual drills away from the main group, keeping him in doubt for the World Cup match against Panama.

Football may viewed as the major sport in Panama this summer, yet they are more renowned for the three Bs - baseball, boxing and basketball. He's mobile, quick, decent on the ball.

"They can take a lot of confidence", he says. Tunisia like to play the ball out from the back and were very patient but Panama are probably more direct. "They are a young team".

"For me it is a bit of a cloudy situation where when do they use it?" But why take chances?

England beat Tunisia in their opening Group G game and know that a victory over Panama - as well as Tunisia failing to beat Belgium - would secure a place in the last 16.

"I told my players today that they can still qualify".

"I think it's huge", Southgate said.

"Even during the second half, when the pace of the game slowed, England were still on top and had all the possession".

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Southgate, though, wasn't planning to disclose the starting XI until Saturday when England flies to Nizhny Novgorod to play Panama the following night.

"It doesn't give me or afford me any advantage". Both players have similar skillsets but the 3-5-2 formation dictates that only one can play alongside captain Harry Kane.

Panama, meanwhile, lost three and won three of their ten qualifying games, finishing behind Mexico and Costa Rica.

"This morning he followed the exact programme we had planned", Southgate said.

England have studied Panama extensively, including their run to the finals.

"I am an experienced player here and I can't let things like that affect me because there's other people that might be looking up to me to pull them through the game". "And it looks like Rashford will".

As England's cricketers went to practice at Old Trafford, assistant coach Paul Farbrace held up a whiteboard with the squad list written on it. "It's luck, if they win it they win it, if they lose it they lose it".

Southgate understands the hunger to find out his team as much as the importance for England to keep a broader perspective to prevent getting "really insular" and "defensive" about issues like the pictured training note. That, of course, is not entirely true, as Waddle explains. "They have the opportunity to create their own history", Southgate said. And if you win again, you're through. "We know that when it comes to training for games it is 110 per cent commitment but we know we can chill out and have a bit of fun".

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