Dele confident in ability to be key England player

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Dele is confident in his ability to become a key figure for England following his back seat role in Gareth Southgate’s most recent squad.

Alli was called-up to represent the Three Lions for their two recent friendlies, against the Netherlands and Italy, played towards the end of March, but his lack of action during the break raised a few eyebrows

The 22-year-old featured for just 22 minutes across the international break, coming off the bench against the Dutch before staying an unused substitute when Italy visited Wembley a few days later with the pairing of Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard starring in Alli’s absence, and now serious questions are being asked as to whether he will be guaranteed his place in the team.

Alli is not asking these questions of himself, however, admitting that, though he was disappointed to not play much over the break, he is confident in his own ability to rediscover his position as a key player for the Three Lions.

“I’m confident in my ability,” Alli told talkSPORT. “I mean I’d never tell the manager who to pick or who not to pick, all I can do is make sure I’m there and ready to go and focused.

He added: “Every player wants to play, so it’s normal to be disappointed.”

Discussing England’s preparations ahead of the World Cup, Alli continued: “I think we’ve learnt a lot. I’ve learnt a lot internationally since I started getting involved.

“I think we have a clear understanding of how we want to play, and we’ve got a team who all want to play the same way.
“I think we’ve got a great team as well, and we just have to keep working hard.

He added: “We don’t have much time to spend together, but when we do we have to use it as well as we can, and try and see what we can do at the World Cup.”

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