Ruben Loftus-Cheek in line to start for England against Panama

• Dele Alli unlikely to be fit for second World Cup game
• Midfielder suffered thigh strain in first half against Tunisia

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in line to make his first World Cup start, against Panama on Sunday, with Dele Alli rendered a major doubt for England’s second group game after suffering a minor thigh strain in Monday’s victory over Tunisia.

Alli, who had pulled up just before half-time in clear discomfort, for all that he surprisingly played on after the break, underwent a scan at a private hospital in St Petersburg on Tuesday that revealed minor damage to his quad muscle. The England medical staff will continue to monitor him over the rest of the week at their base in Repino where he will be treated on site, but the 22-year-old is expected to miss at least two days’ training in the build-up to the match in Nizhny Novgorod.

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Jack Wilshere confirms Arsenal exit due to ‘reduced playing time’ under Emery

• Midfielder says meeting with new manager made up his mind
• Wilshere wanted to stay at club he has been at since age of 9

Jack Wilshere has confirmed he is leaving Arsenal when his current contract at the club expires at the end of this month. The midfielder announced his decision on Tuesday evening after claiming his “playing time would be significantly reduced” under the club’s new manager, Unai Emery.

Related: Arsenal confirm deal to sign goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen

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