World Cup 2018: Dele Alli hopeful injury is not serious ahead of Panama clash

The England star insists he is 'hopefully ok' as the Three Lions medical staff take a look before the Panama game on Sunday 

Jessica Morgan@jnoahmorgan
Tuesday 19 June 2018 09:13
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England fans celebrate after beating Tunisia in first game at Russia 2018 World Cup

Dele Alli has picked up a quad injury during England's dramatic victory against Tunisia but hopes to be fit for the game against Panama on Sunday.

The 22-year-old played 80 minutes of Monday's 2-1 Group G clash in Volgograd, despite Fabian Delph being stripped and ready to come on.

But the midfielder confirmed he had picked up an injury in the first-half and told reporters after the game: "Hopefully I'm OK. It's my quad."

The England coaching staff will assess the injury upon the team's return to the base in Repino, with Alli hoping it will not rule him out of Sunday's clash against Panama.

Southgate insisted the England coaching team were keeping an eye on the Alli throughout the game.

"We had to keep monitoring Dele," Southgate said.

"He was feeling a little bit of an issue just before half-time, but he felt he could carry on and I thought the runs that he was making and the way he was pressing the ball was still causing a problem.

"He had a half chance with a lovely ball Jordan Henderson played to him, lofted over the top.

"But we have good options on the bench and we felt to put the freshness of Marcus (Rashford) and Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) would both bring fresh energy but also a different sort threat to the one that we'd posed."

The Three Lions won their opening match against Tunisia after England talisman Harry Kane netted a double on his tournament debut.

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