Gareth Southgate makes squad announcement for England's final World Cup qualifiers

Nevertheless Gareth Southgate will name Alli in his squad for the forthcoming internationals

The Manchester City midfielder has not featured for his country since 2015, but earns a recall into Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad.

Dele Alli has been named in the squad despite the threat of a Federation Internationale de Football Association ban for the middle-finger gesture in the qualifier against Slovakia.

But the 21-year-old midfielder has been called up by England manager Gareth Southampton despite his position being unclear.

Fellow striker Jamie Vardy was not included in the squad as he recovers from a hip injury and Southgate said that the 30-year-old had been playing through pain and would benefit from a rest during the two-week global break. But he needs an injection after the game which would rule him out of our match.

"I have had a good chat with Dele".

"So it is not ideal from our point of view. You want players who want to be the best", Southgate added.

The Manchester City midfielder has not played worldwide football since a 2-0 defeat to Spain in November 2015. "He was a very important player for a period with Roy (Hodgson) and he's been unfortunate with injuries". He has been unfortunate with injuries.

The England boss named five back-up players for the two previous games against Malta and Slovakia.

The Three Lions now lead their qualification group after collecting 20 points from their first eight games, and need just two more points to secure qualification.

"We think he is a player that can provide that and we are looking forward to working with him".

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

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