MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local):
Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he met Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin and talked about the Russia teams good start to the World Cup.
Blatter says ”we had small talks. We spoke about football and the good start of the competition, the good start of the team.” Russia has qualified for the round of 16.
The 82-year-old Blatter is serving a six-year ban from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule. The terms of the ban meant Blatter was kept separate from successor Gianni Infantino and other football officials at Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.
Blatter says it was ”respectful” to be invited to Russia and the Kremlin despite being suspended from football.
The midfielder was hurt during Englands 2-1 win over Tunisia on Monday and was taken off in the second half.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the likely replacement for Alli if the Tottenham player misses out.