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Dele Alli may return to Spurs if banned by FIFA – Mauricio Pochettino

Posted: September 29, 2017 at 1:59 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he wants to recall Dele Alli from the England squad if the midfielder is banned by FIFA.

A FIFA disciplinary committee is expected to decide on Thursday whether Alli will be suspended after the midfielder made an obscene gesture during a qualifier against Slovakia earlier this month.

The 21-year-old could face a fine or lengthy ban for the incident, potentially even missing the start of next summer’s World Cup.

Alli claimed he directed the gesture at teammate and former club colleague Kyle Walker as a joke.

England host Slovenia at Wembley next week before concluding their qualifying campaign in Lithuania, and Alli has been named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the two matches.

Pochettino, however, said he would prefer to have him back at Tottenham’s training base if FIFA opted to punish him.

“I wish that nothing happens and he can play but I am not the person that will decide what will happen with him,” he said.

“I will decide what happens if he is banned. What will happen is impossible to know. I think if he is banned I would prefer him to stay with us working than to be with the national team.

“Then that is a decision between the FA and us. I have not talked to Gareth Southgate yet.”

Alli sat out Tottenham’s Champions League win over Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday due to a separate three-game ban in Europe but will return for Saturday’s Premier League match at Huddersfield.




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