Revealed: 69% of fans want Southgate to start Alli over Loftus-Cheek versus Belgium

Dele Alli battled through injury in England’s opening World Cup 2018 match, the dramatic 2-1 win over Tunisia but it kept him out of the 6-1 pummelling of Panama on Sunday.

In the absence of the Spurs man valued at £90m by Transfermarkt, Chelsea starlet Ruben Loftus-Cheek was handed the opportunity to build on his impressive opening night cameo with a start.

It was a steady performance from Loftus-Cheek, with the highlight coming when his shot at the end of a flowing move was diverted into the net by Alli’s Tottenham teammate Harry Kane to complete the captain’s hat-trick.

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With neither man absolutely setting the world alright so far and Gareth Southgate forced to choose between maintaining momentum and protecting his stars, the choice of who should start in midfield in England’s final Group G match, against Belgium, is quite the conundrum.

That’s why we put it to you – and the response came out in favour of Alli. 69 per cent of supporters want the Tottenham playmaker to regain his place, and theoretically, his match fitness against the Belgians, as you can see from the results below…