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England's Raheem Sterling dropped in leaked team sheet

England's Raheem Sterling dropped in leaked team sheet

Alli wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "Frustrating to have picked up a slight injury on Monday".

England's players returned from a recovery day with a full session on Thursday morning, when focus on Southgate after dislocated a shoulder running was usurped by a note carried by assistant manager Steve Holland.

"It was a natural instinct when the game is like that, with not long left, to go and be direct and try to make things happen", he said.

"I'd play him ahead of Raheem Sterling as well, I would, I know Sterling's off the back of a good season".

Depending on Alli's recovery, Southgate may opt to rest his creative midfielder in favour of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who looked lively in the closing stages against Tunisia.




The sight of Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli springing forward, the ball gliding between them and Harry Kane and up the pitch in piercing fashion, was a far cry from anything England fans have seen from their team at major tournaments. Unless this is a deliberate attempt to mislead their opponents this weekend, then the leak of the proposed team would appear to constitute an embarrassment for the Football Association.

Southgate took a tumble while running near England's World Cup camp in Repino and was treated in a nearby hospital.

Also still be be revealed is whether Southgate will wear a sling on Sunday.

Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek played the last 10 minutes of England's opening match, during which period Harry Kane scored a stoppage-time victor, and he said he is ready to be part of Gareth Southgate's starting line-up if called upon.

England's training base at Spartak Zelenogorsk now includes a different perimeter fence.