Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been left out of the England squad for their upcoming UEFA European Championship qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria later this month.
The 23-year-old was left out of Gareth Southgate’s first Three Lions squad of the season after he suffered a hamstring injury prior to the start of the Premier League campaign and has started to games for Spurs this season, both of which coming in the Champions League, including Tuesday’s humiliating defeat to Bayern Munich.
The England boss was asked why Liverpool midfielder Oxlade Oxlade-Chamberlain was not included in the 23, he said: “It’s little bit like Dele really where their seasons haven’t really got going for either of them.
“We’re expecting them to challenge in the coming months, but to put them in means I’ve got to leave someone out who is in form and playing well.”
Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Danny Rose were all kept their places in the squad and will all expect to feature when England play Czech Republic in Prague on Friday before travelling to Sofia to face the Bulgarian’s a week on Monday, but there was no place for Eric Dier.