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​Southgate concerned over disciplinary fate of England midfielder Alli

England coach Gareth Southgate admits they have taken a risk naming Dele Alli in their squad despite a possible FIFA ban.

Alli could yet be ruled out for two World Cup qualifiers if he is suspended by FIFA for making an offensive gesture during England's 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley last month.

England have asked FIFA to be told of any disciplinary action against Alli as soon as possible, with the world governing body set to conclude their hearing on Thursday.

"Obviously we run the risk of looking a shambles because he could be withdrawn again in half an hour," Southgate said, after naming his England squad.

"Our hope is that common sense prevails and he is available for the matches, but we have to wait and see."

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