England confirmed via their official Twitter account on Tuesday night that Dele Alli had suffered a minor thigh injury against Tunisia in their opening Group G match of Russia 2018.
The Tottenham Hotspur star will now be monitored by medical staff ahead of Sunday’s second group contest against Panama.
The issue will be managed over the coming days. pic.twitter.com/N125T4KIld
— England (@England) June 19, 2018
The midfielder was named in the first XI that sealed a late 2-1 victory over Tunisia, thanks to Harry Kane’s 91st-minute winner.
The 22-year-old suffered a knock in the first half and initially looked set to be substituted, with Fabian Delph getting ready to come off the bench.
However, he managed to continue until the 80th minute when Ruben Loftus-Cheek was then introduced to the action.
At the time, Alli must have felt fit enough to continue, but now some England fans are blaming the midfielder for potentially making his injury worse.
Other supporters have taken aim at Southgate for not hauling him off earlier in the match.
As a result, Alli is now a doubt for this weekend’s clash.
Should of come off the pitch immediately. Wasn’t the same player after the injury. Selfish
— M I K E . L Ⓜ️ (@MikeLines05) June 19, 2018
I think that’s would be my only criticism of last night, he should’ve been subbed within a few minutes of his injury to avoid making it worse and it was clearly that it was affecting his movent and performance ????????
— Will Nangle (@willgtfcnangle_) June 19, 2018
Then why was he left on the field for so long? His own ego or Gareth not having the balls to make the decision?
— Ricci Kitchen (@Riccikitchen) June 19, 2018
should’ve been subbed straight away
— james??? (@jameshpralteyd) June 20, 2018
You could tell he wasn’t fit when he came back on the pitch don’t know why he wasn’t taken off earlier.
— Josh (@joshcalthoma97) June 19, 2018
Shouldn’t have played on.
— GaryMac⚒??????? (@GaryMac_) June 19, 2018
Truly bizarre decision for him to play on for 50 mins or so with a problem, when we’ve got a 23 man squad desperate to play. Almost cost us.
— FrankDay (@FrankDayo) June 19, 2018
Shouldn’t have stayed on the pitch
— Anthony Johnstone (@antj1984) June 19, 2018