Alli remains a doubt for Panama clash

Southgate and the squad have been very open with the media, allowing access to all players at a Superbowl-style open day at St George's Park ahead of the World Cup.

Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie's side. In the other Group match Belgium outclassed Panama 3-0.

But the England manager was not happy with the press who snapped the photo.

"You know ... it's sad that I even have to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway".

Asked if he was prepared to miss a game if it came to it, Delph said: "Yeah, absolutely".

Both proposed changes are not definite enhancers yet I see more balance prospectively.

Southgate has prided himself on building a team that enjoy pass and movement football.

England manager Gareth Southgate (right) with Harry Kane (left) during a training session in Russian Federation (pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Images).

"Gareth's not like that and we understand that".

"He has instilled that into us and we have spoken a lot about togetherness".

Stones' improvements saw him make his first major tournament appearance on Monday. "I got the bed sheets", said Sterling, who nevertheless owed his sister a favour, as she used to travel with him on an eight-hour round trip to training at QPR.

Kyle Walker said Holland apologised to the players on Friday for revealing the list. "I'm well aware of what the standards are and what Gareth wants from his players". "You guys have to do your little bit. It's the most exciting club in the world, never a tiresome moment", he said, with a nod to the regular managerial changes which he always survived.

"I would have loved to have been on that plane, but I think now that's put me in a better position coming into this World Cup".

"Just from watching, he's a great leader and the energy he must have had around the place - he just bounces off players", he added. "An absolute goalscorer and he's a breath of fresh air to be around". "We are going to cause them as many threats as we can using our own styles of play", he said.

"Us England media, while we'd love the team to do well, don't necessarily have a duty to protect mistakes that the England set up have made".

"Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it's a disadvantage to us so of course our media has to decide whether they want to help the team or not".

  • Angelo Rivera