ST PETERSBURG: Dele Alli is not England’s only World Cup injury victim – so is manager Gareth Southgate.
The 47-year-old dislocated his right shoulder on Wednesday afternoon while out running near the team’s World Cup base in Repino during a scheduled day off from training.
On Sunday Southgate had been pictured jumping for joy after Harry Kane’s late goal secured a 2-1 opening win over Tunisia.
Southgate, who was treated in a nearby hospital with the assistance of team doctor Rob Chakraverty, told the FA website: “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. They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them work.
“We are lucky we have a top-class medical team around us, so it was fine. I had brilliant help from them, and I am just sorry that I managed to ruin their day off.”
Southgate was back at base, with his arm in a sling, in time for a planned meeting with his players before dinner.
He said: “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.
“It is good that we have had a quiet day today so I had prepared the meeting before and we are on to preparations for Panama.
“I am just a bit gutted because I was on for my record 10k time!”
England’s next match is against Panama on Sunday with Tottenham forward Alli a doubt after suffering a leg muscle strain against Tunisia when he had to be substituted in the second half.