Dele will do “everything in my power” to return for Panama game

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Dele Alli has said he will do “everything in my power” to reach full fitness in time for England’s game with Panama on Sunday.

He suffered a minor thigh strain during the 2-1 victory over Tunisia and underwent a scan on Tuesday afternoon, which confirmed the injury and on Wednesday night Alli tweeted: “Frustrating to have picked up a slight injury on Monday. Will do everything in my power to get back to full fitness asap! #ThreeLions”

He looked set to be withdrawn during the first half of Tunisia game, however he lasted until the 80th minute when he was replaced by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

England manager Southgate said: “We had to keep monitoring Dele,
“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.”

England have made a winning start to a major tournament for the first time since 2006 and victory over Panama could be enough to book their place in the knockout stages.

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