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Gary Lineker reacts hilariously to Dele Alli being handed a one-match ban for finger gesture

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When England took on Slovakia during the international break, the footballing world predicted a tough game for Gareth Southgate's men.

The team expertly marshalled by Napoli star Marek Hamsik took an early lead at Wembley and were certainly a threat throughout the 90 minutes.

In the end, England managed to grind out a hard-fought 2-1 victory on their home turf, with Eric Dier and Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford scoring the goals to seal the comeback.

A good result in one of the Three Lions' toughest games of their World Cup qualifying group.

However, the scoreline was marred by an incident involving Dele Alli, with the Tottenham man caught on camera raising his middle finger.

It was initially feared that the young star was aiming it at the referee but Southgate reassured everyone that it was meant for Alli's former Spurs mate, Kyle Walker.

Ever since, the story has been just how long of a ban will the England man get for his actions, with initial fears believing he could miss up to three games.

But, fears were calmed on Friday morning as it was announced that Alli would only miss one game and was fined around £3800.

England v Slovakia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

He will be absent for the Slovenia game at Wembley but will not be gone for long as FIFA ruled that the act was not gestured towards officials.

People reacted on Twitter in all sorts of ways and naturally, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker just had to add some of his classic humour to the situation.

LINEKER REACTS

Brilliant stuff as usual from everyone's favourite blue tick account.

The whole incident had certainly divided opinion, with some suggesting it is unsporting behaviour, while others believe it is simply something silly and that it should not have been punished.

Alli will return for England's last qualifying game away in Lithuania, where qualification for the international showpiece in Russia next summer should already be secured.

England v Slovakia - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

The main focus of the group is who will finish runners up, with Slovenia, Slovakia and England's noisy neighbours Scotland all set to fight it out in October.

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