FA to appeal any World Cup ban on Dele Alli

FA to appeal any World Cup ban on Dele Alli

Darren Sullivan
September 29, 2017

Nevertheless, manager Gareth Southgate will on Thursday name Alli in his squad.

Dele Alli was named in England's squad on Thursday for their concluding World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania despite the threat of a ban by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Delph impressed as Manchester City's makeshift left-back during their win over Shakhtar Dontesk in the Champions League this week, following Benjamin Mendy's injury that will see him sidelined for the next few months.

The Three Lions will host Slovenia at Wembley on October 5, and will play Lithuania in Vilnius three days later.

"Nope, nothing at the moment (from FIFA), so we've put him in the squad", Southgate said.

The 21-year-old's ill-judged middle-finger gesture in the match against Slovakia has been poured over by Federation Internationale de Football Association, leaving the attacking midfielder potentially facing a ban for the end of qualification - and even beyond. We have given our side of events and Dele has given his side of events.

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy meanwhile is another to miss out through injury, as does Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, who earned his maiden call up in September.

Delph last played for England against Spain in November 2015. "We hope to have him available".

Southgate has named his squad for those two games, with Fabian Delph and Fraser Forster added to the group from the previous round of qualifiers.

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster joined Delph as the only changes to the squad, with Everton's Michael Keane has been included despite concerns over a foot complaint.

England lead Group F on 20 points, five points ahead of second-placed Slovakia, and are one win away from sealing their spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.