Dele Alli included in England squad despite threat of Federation Internationale de Football Association ban


"We run the risk of looking a shambles because he could get withdrawn again", England manager Gareth Southgate said.

Dele Alli was selected in England's squad for its final two World Cup qualifiers while he awaits a ruling by FIFA's disciplinary body regarding an obscene gesture the midfielder made during a recent global game.

Delph, who has struggled for game time at City because of injuries and fierce competition for places, has played out of position at left back for Manchester City in recent games and may continue in that role following an injury to Benjamin Mendy.

England face Slovenia at Wembley on October 5 before finishing their Group F campaign away to Lithuania in Vilnius three days later.

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

Alli has been included in England's squad for the final Group F matches, despite the fact Federation Internationale de Football Association could had him a for the two games after his middle-finger gesture in the qualifier against Slovakia. Our hope is that common sense prevails and he is available for our matches, but we'll have to wait and see.

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Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph is a notable inclusion in the 26-man squad, having won the last of his nine caps against Spain in November 2015.

"So we have had a good conversation with the club, but more importantly for me was the conversation I had with him".

He has a real hunger and wants to be the best player in the world. "We hope to have him available".

Nathaniel Chalobah, Danny Welbeck and Tom Heaton - members of the last squad - also miss out through injury.

England need just two points to seal their place in next year's tournament in Russian Federation.