Dele Alli set to return to England line-up against Nigeria after impressing Gareth Southgate with strong form
- Dele Alli looks to be back in favour with England manager Gareth Southgate
- The midfielder is set to start England’s upcoming friendly match with Nigeria
- Alli failed to start in England’s March friendlies against Holland and Italy
- Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is looking forward to the showpiece tournament
England manager Gareth Southgate’s faith in Dele Alli has been strengthened by the midfielder’s positive finish to the season.
Alli’s England prospects were thrown into doubt in March when the Tottenham star failed to start in either of the friendlies against Holland and Italy, though he was troubled by a groin injury at the time.
But Southgate is said to have been impressed with the way Alli has bounced back.
Dele Alli looks set to start for England in the upcoming friendly clash with Nigeria
He scored twice in Spurs’ 3-1 victory at Chelsea and chipped in with two more goals before the end of the league season.
He will now be confident of starting in Saturday’s warm-up game against Nigeria at Wembley.
The team had a day off on Wednesday ahead of their transition from St George’s Park to their southern base at The Grove, in Hertfordshire.
After being left out of the March friendlies starting XIs, Alli impressed Gareth Southgate since
Meanwhile, forward Danny Welbeck insists he will not suffer from boredom in Russia next month.
Occupying time has been a long-standing issue for England at tournaments. But Welbeck said: ‘I can chill on my own and do whatever – just read or play games, watch box sets, that sort of stuff.
‘It is an exciting time for me. I’m glad the injuries are behind me and I can look forward to the World Cup.’
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