Dele Alli was forced to withdraw from the England squad this week, after sustaining a minor muscle strain against Spain at Wembley on Saturday evening.

The midfielder played the entire 90 minutes as England fell to a 2-1 defeat, their third loss in a row.

This is the first time England have fallen to three straight defeats in 30 years.

The 22-year-old will therefore not be in action during England’s friendly encounter with Switzerland this evening.

Tottenham fans were worried that the star playmaker wouldn’t be fit for their top of the table clash with title rivals Liverpool at the weekend, but England manager Gareth Southgate has given some positive news.

Southgate said: “He’s had a minor strain but I think he should be fine for his club this weekend.

“I thought Dele’s performance was good against Spain. He makes critical forward runs and he learned a lot from the game.”

Dele’s Tottenham team mates Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier all remain with the squad.

Eric Dier is set to captain his country this evening against Switzerland, meaning that Harry Kane will be benched from the start, giving him a well-deserved rest.

Pochettino will be hoping that the rest of his squad make it through the international break injury-free.

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