Gareth Southgate makes squad announcement for England's final World Cup qualifiers

FA to appeal any World Cup ban on Dele Alli

Nevertheless, manager Gareth Southgate will on Thursday name Alli in his squad.

Gareth Southgate's side need just two points from their final two Group F fixtures to book their spot at next summer's showpiece in Russian Federation, with Slovenia coming to Wembley on Thursday before England travel to Lithuania on Sunday.

Nathaniel Chalobah, Adam Lallana and Danny Drinkwater's absence saw Fabian Delph called up by Southgate for the first time, despite having not started a Premier League match for Manchester City this season.

The Three Lions welcome Slovenia to Wembley next Thursday, before rounding off World Cup qualification with a trip to the Baltics to take on Lithuania.

Delph last played for England against Spain in November 2015.

The 21-year-old's ill-judged middle-finger gesture in the match against Slovakia has been poured over by Federation Internationale de Football Association, leaving the attacking midfielder potentially facing a ban for the end of qualification - and even beyond. Our hope is that common sense prevails and he is available for our matches, but we'll have to wait and see.

Southgate unveiled his latest squad on Thursday
Southgate unveiled his latest squad on Thursday

We've had a good chat with Dele about lots of different things and the biggest disappointment for him is that he has to miss football.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, who has been troubled by a hip problem, was left out. "We hope to have him available".

"He's obviously at a club where chances have been limited", Southgate said of Delph, "but he's dug in and forced his way into their side, and is playing well".

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster joined Delph as the only changes to the squad, with Everton's Michael Keane has been included despite concerns over a foot complaint.

England need two points to guarantee their place at the World Cup finals next summer.

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