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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Tottenham's Dele Alli pulls out of England squad

Youngster was ruled out of his club's Premier League encounter against Crystal Palace on Sunday with a hamstring injury

Dele Alli's two goals fired Tottenham to a 3-1 Uefa Champions League win over titleholders Real Madrid last Wednesday. Dylan Martinez / Reuters
Dele Alli's two goals fired Tottenham to a 3-1 Uefa Champions League win over titleholders Real Madrid last Wednesday. Dylan Martinez / Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur's in-form midfielder Dele Alli has had to pull out of the England squad for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

Alli's two goals fired Spurs to a famous 3-1 Uefa Champions League success over titleholders Real Madrid at Wembley last Wednesday.

But the 21-year-old player was ruled out of his club's Premier League encounter against Crystal Palace on Sunday with a hamstring injury, and the English Football Association confirmed the setback would also keep him out of this month's World Cup warm ups.

The FA announced on Twitter: "Squad update: the #ThreeLions will be without @dele_official for this month's games. Get well soon, Dele!".

Alli's absence means manager Gareth Southgate now has 24 players for the Wembley double-header.

Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Joe Gomez have been called up by England for the first time, but Daniel Sturridge, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chris Smalling are among those to have missed out.

England host Germany next Friday and Brazil four days later.

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