Southgate Allays Alli Fears

Southgate Allays Alli Fears

England manager Gareth Southgate believes Dele Alli will be fit for Tottenham’s Premier League game with Liverpool at the weekend. Alli withdrew from the Three Lions squad on Monday ahead of the game with Switzerland after picking up an injury in Saturday’s defeat to Spain.

But Southgate believes the 22-year-old will make Spurs’ Saturday lunchtime kick-off with Liverpool.

Southgate said at his press conference: “He has just had a minor strain and should be fine for his club at the weekend I would think, but tomorrow’s game will come too quickly.”

Alli played 90 minutes at Wembley on Saturday and Southgate was impressed with the Tottenham player’s contribution.

The manager added: “I thought his performance was good, in terms of his retention of the ball I thought he was improved in that area, his work without the ball has been good over the last six months with us.

“He makes critical forward runs, like everybody else we learned a lot from the game.”

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