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Dele Alli has "slim" chance of starting against Panama

By Adam McKendry

England midfielder Dele Alli only has a "slim" chance of being named in the squad to face Panama on Sunday, according to manager Gareth Southgate.

The Tottenham playmaker suffered a thigh strain against Tunisia on Monday and was forced to train alone during the week to avoid making it worse.

However, it doesn't to have helped matters as Southgate has revealed Alli is highly unlikely to feature in Sunday's game in Nizhny Novgorod.

The 22-year old did not take part in training today, which usually is enough to rule a player out of a game taking place two days later.

A leaked note that seemed to suggest England's starting line-up had Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the side in place of Alli, which would further suggest he's unlikely to at least start the game.

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