Injured Dele Alli leaves England squad

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Dele Alli will not feature for England against Switzerland on Tuesday, as the attacking midfielder has returned to Tottenham Hotspur.

Alli, 22, has suffered a “minor muscle strain” and will now travel back to Spurs for further assessment. With Tottenham hosting Premier League title rivals Liverpool at Wembley on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com), this injury is far from ideal for Mauricio Pochettino.

England confirmed the news on Monday.

After an up and down World Cup over the summer, Alli again struggled for England in their narrow 2-1 defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday.

The creative midfielder has been asked to play a slightly deeper role by Gareth Southgate and it is something he is still getting used to.

His influence for Spurs early in the season has been positive with a goal against Newcastle on the opening day and some promising displays in support of Lucas Moura, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.

Alli is a key cog in Pochettino’s Tottenham machine and they will be doing everything they can to get him out on the pitch against Liverpool on Saturday.