Dele Alli hands England fitness boost by training ahead of Panama clash

Dele Alli has handed England a boost by returning to training a day before the clash with Panama.

Alli suffered a minor thigh strain in Monday’s Group G opener against Tunisia and England boss Gareth Southgate rated the Tottenham midfielder as "unlikely" to feature on Sunday.

However, the 22-year-old took to the field on Saturday as England began their final preparations for their penultimate group match.

Alli joined the squad for a group warm-up before carrying out some individual drills with England’s fitness coaches.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is likely to come in for Alli if he isn’t risked against Panama on Sunday.

The Chelsea midfielder replaced Alli for the final 10 minutes in the win over Tunisia and played a key role in England emerging victorious.

Earlier this week, Southgate said: "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.

Marcus Rashford is also vying for a starting spot with Raheem Sterling after he impressed from the bench against Tunisia.

But Southgate has not told his players what his starting line-up is likely to be.

"I think always from the type of training that we do they have a good idea and clearly we had a team that played very well and won.

"So, we’re not going to be wildly different to that."

What’s your prediction for this one?


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