Sunday 23 September 2018

Alli absent as Southgate takes England training despite dislocated shoulder

The head coach hurt himself after falling while out running.

Dele Alli was absent from England’s training sesssion on Thursday due to injury (Owen Humphreys/PA)
Dele Alli was absent from England’s training sesssion on Thursday due to injury (Owen Humphreys/PA)

By Rory Dollard, Press Association Sport, Repino

Gareth Southgate took England training on Thursday, despite the discomfort of a dislocated shoulder.

Southgate took a tumble while running alone near England’s World Cup camp in Repino earlier this week and was treated in a nearby hospital.

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Gareth Southgate took England’s training session on Thursday despite suffering a dislocated shoulder this week (Owen Humphreys/PA)

There was no sign of the black sling he had been pictured wearing on Wednesday and Southgate led the session as normal, flanked by assistant Steve Holland.

Southgate appeared in good spirits and made little concession to his injury, keeping his right arm close to his body but otherwise showing no outward signs of pain.

Dele Alli, on the other hand, was not present for the session at Spartak Zelenogorsk.

The Tottenham midfielder suffered a quad injury in the 2-1 win over Tunisia and is a doubt for Sunday’s game against Panama.

Goalkeepers Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope completed their drills to the sounds of a playlist being pumped through a large outdoor speaker.

At the other end of the pitch, the 19 available outfield players took part in a light warm-up before the serious preparations began behind closed doors.

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