first_imgHigginbotham explained: “The reason I’m leaving out Dele Alli, I think he’s a fantastic player, but I just think I in a game like this the middle of the pitch of going to be compact and the second he gets on the ball he’s going to be crowded out.“There’s going to be very little room between the midfield and the Tunisia defence and I think the physicality of someone like Loftus-Cheek, who can pick up the ball and leave players in his wake, would suit England.“Also, if balls are coming into the box he’s got that licence to get in there and I think he’ll be more of a threat. Allardyce approval READY TO ROAR talkSPORT pundit Higginbotham joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Tuesday, as he and former England boss Sam Allardyce picked their England XI’s for the World Cup.But the pair disagreed over the midfield, with Big Sam stunned the former Premier League defender left Alli out of his team. Who, where and when do England play at the World Cup? Danny Higginbotham’s England XI to play Tunisia – do you agree? BIG SAM’S VERDICT Allardyce names the XI he would pick for England’s World Cup opener Dele Alli should be benched for England’s World Cup opener against Tunisia, believes Danny Higginbotham.The Tottenham star has been one of the Three Lions’ key players in the build-up to the World Cup and is a shoo-in to make the team for Monday’s clash at the Volgograd Arena – 7pm kick-off live on talkSPORT.But Higginbotham believes Gareth Southgate should be bold and pick 22-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek instead, saying the Crystal Palace midfielder could be England’s secret weapon in Russia. Latest England news on talkSPORT.com BIG SAM’S BACKING ‘Pickford should start for England at the World Cup’ center_img What is England’s itinerary for the World Cup? IT’S NEARLY HERE 2 England’s squad numbers revealed for World Cup CONFIRMED 2 Big Sam ‘really pleased’ with England progress ahead of World Cup Higginbotham says Loftus-Cheek should replace Alli in England’s midfield “In most other games I’d have Dele Alli in there, I think he’s got unbelievable quality.“But I just think from what Loftus-Cheek can bring to this game, against a team who will play really compact, I think he could actually be the match-winner for England.”talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. All 32 World Cup squads for Russia 2018 last_img read more