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England heroes awarded day off as Dele returns to training

Feeling his way back: Dele Alli (centre) with teammates Marcus Rashford (left) and Danny Rose PICTURE: GETTY

DELE ALLI trained with his England team-mates the morning after Gareth Southgate’s men hammered Panama as the attacking midfielder looks to prove his fitness for Belgium.

The 22-year-old was reduced to a watching brief on Sunday as a slight thigh strain kept him out of the memorable 6-1 win in the heat and humidity of Nizhny Novgorod.

Alli only returned to training on Saturday after picking up — and playing through — the issue in the first half of England’s 2-1 win against Tunisia at the start of last week.

The attacking midfielder again trained as the non-starters worked at the Three Lions’ Spartak Zelenogorsk facility this morning.

Southgate now faces a decision on whether to use him against Belgium as the Three Lions look to seal the top spot with progress to the last-16 already assured.

‘Dele is progressing well,’ the England boss said after Sunday’s game.

‘Obviously he hasn’t had the opportunity to train on the field (on Sunday), he did a different sort of session.

‘So, we’ll know how close for the Belgium game he is after (Monday), I would think, but we’re pleased with the progress so far.

‘It takes pressure out of the decision in playing him in that game, but if he’s ready then it’s also a good opportunity for him.’

Recovery: Kieran Trippier

England’s starters did recovery work at their Repino hotel today, including right-back Kieran Trippier who was withdrawn in the 70th minute against Panama.

‘Kieran was feeling a tiny twinge just towards half-time,’ Southgate said.

‘But then came over and said he was absolutely fine but we weren’t prepared to take a chance, so we got him off.’