Good for Chelsea, bad for Spurs
The big news out of the England camp on Wednesday morning is that Tottenham’s Dele Alli is injured.
Alli, who started England’s World Cup opener against Tunisia, came off in the second half with a knock.
England beat Tunisia 2-1 thanks to two goals from Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
It’s now been confirmed that Alli has a thigh injury.
How long will Alli be out for? That’s unknown until the results of a scan taken on Tuesday are revealed.
The hope is that Alli’s knock is minor, however he’ll for sure miss England’s next match against Panama.
That’s good news for Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
RLC, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea, is set to start for England in Alli’s place, as reported in Wednesday’s Times.
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England’s likely XI vs Panama
How will England line-up in their second World Cup match?
The Times consider the main options for Gareth Southgate to shake up his side for Panama:
An ultra-attacking move if he wants to prioritise boosting England’s goal difference against Panama would be to drop Raheem Sterling into midfield in place of Alli and give Marcus Rashford a first start of the tournament alongside Kane, which should make his side more potent in the penalty area.
While Southgate has made a virtue of sticking to a 3-5-2 formation in the seven matches since England secured qualification the same personnel could be deployed in 4-3-3. Another possible tweak, although one more likely to be used against Belgium, would be to start Eric Dier in midfield alongside Jordan Henderson, thus giving greater attacking licence to Jesse Lingard.
England’s likely XI vs Panama is below.