Alli fears for World Cup place

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According to The Mirror Dele Alli has been left sweating on his World Cup starting place.

The 21 year-old is again expected to be on the bench tonight for England’s friendly with Italy at Wembley.

The article adds that England boss Gareth Southgate had a lengthy conversation with Alli after training on Tuesday and explained he wanted to try out different players and formations.

Manchester United’s in form star Jesse Lingard is set to keep his place after scoring against the Dutch and it will be a worry for Alli as he continues to look for his best form and he knows now that he faces a battle to win a starting place this summer.

Southgate rates Alli very highly and stressed on Monday that he wanted to see some new players, make changes but also build on the good work against Holland on Friday.

Alli was only a substitute in Amsterdam and the article adds he may have to wait for his chance from the bench again as Lingard appears to have moved ahead of him in the queue for now at least

Southgate will give a debut to Burnley defender James Tarkowski while, as expected Kyle Walker, will stay on the right of a back three.

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  1. Alli does need to think about his World Cup place. The Alli of a year ago would be a shoe-in, but this year, distractions have marred many of his performances for Tottenham. I still think that, on his day, he’s a wonderful player, a new type of no. 10 who draws opponents away from danger areas, allowing team-mates to operate there with more freedom. He can make cutting passes, and also has than uncanny link (although not so visible this season) with Harry Kane, so that will be a factor come the World Cup. But even with all that, he’s been too easily dispossessed this season, whether facing away from goal and holding the ball up, or simply running forward into trouble. In other words he finds it far harder making space for himself, than he does for his team-mates. It’s a conundrum, but I’m backing him to come through and be a success for Spurs in the run-in, and for England in the summer. He’s not like a normal attacker or midfielder and we need to understand that, but he also needs to make better choices when in possession (whether given time on the ball or not).


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