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Alli out of England squad to face Switzerland

Alli out of England squad to face Switzerland”

As many as nine changes are expected from the side which started the 2-1 Nations League defeat by Spain.

Harry Kane will be left out of England's friendly against Switzerland because Gareth Southgate fears the World Cup Golden Boot victor is in danger of suffering burnout and that, in the modern football world, it is for the national team to provide that rest rather than the player's club.

England midfielder Dele Alli will miss Tuesday's friendly in Leicester with Switzerland because of a minor muscle strain, the Football Association announced Monday.

"Look at those who have gone and those that come into the team". Instead we got players comfortable on the ball who could take 50 touches.

"Dele Alli is a phenomenal talent, has performed at the highest level and is still only 22, but I think he's now facing the first battle of his career", the ex-Chelsea, Marseille and Northern Ireland star wrote in The Times.

"He has the ability but managers will not wait for ever for him to fulfil it".

Southgate, 48, led England to the World Cup semi-finals this summer, their best performance since 1990.

"We talked a bit after the World Cup about the demands of the modern player", Southgate said of the decision to give Kane a break.

England will be desperate to find attacking alternatives in the long term.

"Normally we have not got opposing objectives and the clubs would be holding their breath and hiding behind their sofas watching our teams go out".

"There aren't many English strikers playing", Southgate added.



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