Raheem Sterling could be axed by England for Panama match after Steve Holland's notes pictured in training

Raheem Sterling might lose his England place to Marcus Rashford for Panama Ruben Loftus-Cheek seems set to replace Dele Alli, who has a thigh injury Assistant manager Steve Holland's notes were pictured in Thursday training

21 June 2018 - 14:52

Raheem Sterling appears to be facing the axe for Sunday’s World Cup clash against Panama, judging by training notes being used by assistant manager Steve Holland.

Holland, who ironically is the driving force behind keeping Gareth Southgate’s line-ups a secret, was photographed carrying a sheet of paper that seemed to show the first XI with the reserves written underneath.

If that is indeed the team for England’s second Group G game, Sterling has lost his place to Marcus Rashford, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek brought in to replace the injured Dele Alli.


If the notes are correct, Raheem Sterling will be dropped by Gareth Southgate

If the notes are correct, Raheem Sterling will be dropped by Gareth Southgate


Holland was carrying the notes and some training cones at the England session

Holland was carrying the notes and some training cones at the England session


Marcus Rashford appears to be in line to start ahead of Sterling against Panama on Sunday


Dele Alli did not join the rest of his England team-mates for training on Thursday morning

Dele Alli did not join the rest of his England team-mates for training on Thursday morning


Ruben Loftus-Cheek appears to be in line to replace Alli for England's match with Panama

Ruben Loftus-Cheek appears to be in line to replace Alli for England's match with Panama

Alli was actually spelt 'Ali' on the sheet, alongside the word ‘medical’. He was absent from England's Thursday training session due to a thigh injury.

Sterling was replaced by Rashford after 68 minutes in England's 2-1 victory over Tunisia on Monday, while Loftus-Cheek replaced Alli with 10 minutes remaining.

Rashford was a minor injury worry for England heading into the tournament in Russia but has fully recovered after sustaining a minor knee injury in training.

There was also a concern about England manager Southgate after he dislocated his right shoulder while out running on Wednesday, but he was fit to lead training.

He was seen without a sling at the Spartak Stadium in Zelenogorsk, but wore strapping to protect the injured joint.


Gareth Southgate emerged for the training session without his sling, but with his arm strapped

Gareth Southgate emerged for the training session without his sling, but with his arm strapped


The England boss appeared to feeling his right shoulder, which he dislocated the previous day

The England boss appeared to feeling his right shoulder, which he dislocated the previous day


The players emerged for training on Thursday morning following a day off on the Wednesday

The players emerged for training on Thursday morning following a day off on the Wednesday


Rashford could start for Sterling, who he replaced during the 2-1 win over Tunisia 

Rashford could start for Sterling, who he replaced during the 2-1 win over Tunisia 


Captain Harry Kane will be looking to add to the two goals he netted against Tunisia 

Captain Harry Kane will be looking to add to the two goals he netted against Tunisia

Speaking on Wednesday about the injury, Southgate joked: ‘I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future.

'The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option. We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly.

'It is better this is me than one of the players. They were a bit surprised in the team meeting and were asking “what have you been doing?” - as always, they were probably quite amused.'


Source: daily mail
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