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Gareth Southgate optimistic over Dele Alli recovery for Belgium game

Southgate optimistic over Alli recovery
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England boss Gareth Southgate provides a positive update on the fitness of Dele Alli ahead of Thursday's meeting with Belgium in Kaliningrad.

Gareth Southgate has revealed that Dele Alli "is progressing well" from a thigh injury and could feature in England's final World Cup group match against Belgium.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was the only injury absentee for the Three Lions' thumping 6-1 win over Panama on Sunday after picking up a knock in the previous game against Tunisia.

Two wins from two means that England are already assured of a place in the last 16 of the competition, which Southgate believes will make his decision on whether to risk Alli against Belgium later this week easier to make.

"Dele is progressing well," he told reporters. "He's had an opportunity to train on the field and we'll know exactly how close for the Belgium game after [Monday].

"It takes pressure out of the decision for playing in that game but if he's ready it's a good opportunity for him."

Alli took part in training on Monday morning with the rest of those who did not start against Panama.

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England's Dele Alli with manager Gareth Southgate after the match against Nigeria on June 2, 2018
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