Gareth Southgate has revealed that Dele Alli is dealing with an injury problem.
England boss Gareth Southgate has told The Independent that Dele Alli hasn't been able to finish training sessions due to his lingering injury problem.
England ended the international break with a 1-1 home draw against Italy, as Lorenzo Insigne's late penalty cancelled out Jamie Vardy's opener for the Three Lions.
That result came just days after England beat the Netherlands 1-0 in Amsterdam, as Jesse Lingard struck to hand England the win on Friday night.
Southgate may now be another step closer to knowing his squad for this summer's World Cup in Russia, though the role of Spurs midfielder Dele Alli is now in some question.
Alli, 21, has hit 10 goals and 13 assists for Tottenham this season, but didn't' start either of England's games over the international break, and didn't feature at all against Italy.
Some now believe that Lingard may be ahead of Alli in the England pecking order, but manager Southgate has told The Independent that Alli is still a 'very important' part of the England squad.
Southgate did though give Spurs reason for concern, revealing that Alli hasn't been able to finish training sessions over the international break due to his groin issue, with Tottenham now hoping he can be fit to face Chelsea this weekend.
“He’s very important to us,” Southgate said. “In training he’s not been able to finish all of the sessions, with the little problem he’s had,” he added.