Dele Alli given one-match ban for middle finger gesture

Kristopher Nichols
September 30, 2017

Dele Alli has been banned for one global match for making an offensive gesture during England's World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia at Wembley this month.

If England can win one of their final two World Cup qualifying games at Wembley, they'll secure their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

England can make certain of their place in Russian Federation next summer by defeating Slovenia at Wembley next Thursday but Southgate was clearly unhappy after naming a 26-man squad that includes a recall for Fabien Delph of Manchester City and the selection of several players who are below their best form.

The Tottenham star was spotted making an "offensive and unsporting" hand sign and will now miss Thursday's home qualifier with Slovenia.

Alli was also fined 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,852) by the governing body, which described the gesture as "offensive and unsporting". "We hope common sense prevails", he said.

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The Three Lions face Slovenia and Lithuania in World Cup qualifying fixtures over the upcoming global break.

Gareth Southgate admits that injuries have forced him to pick an England squad that may be below standard.

England need just two points to seal their place in next year's tournament in Russian Federation. "Hopefully something like that will not happen again".

Alli and the FA are sweating on the outcome of that meeting, while Southgate has spoken to the player about unwise behaviour he is confident will not be repeated. England need to win either match in order to guarantee qualification for Russian Federation 2018.

"He'd run through brick walls for us, no question", said Southgate.

Delph has yet to start a Premier League game for City this season but is in line for a first cap since November 2015, with Nathaniel Chalobah, Adam Lallana and Danny Drinkwater all unavailable.

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