A long season of football came to a demanding end for England’s stars after the conclusion of the Nations League, not everyone was satisfied by the performances of some players.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher didn’t hold back with his criticism for two players during the final game for England.
Carragher felt the Tottenham Hotspur midfield pair Eric Dier and Dele Alli lacked technical ability during their 0-0 draw with Switzerland which England eventually went on to win on penalties.
He said (during Sky Sports coverage of the Nations League 09/06/2019 at 13:00) “You look at that midfield and see Dier and Delph, who are not great on the ball.
“Dele Alli is in there, who if I’m being totally honest, I don’t think is great on the ball. He makes good runs and gets in the box, but he’s lacking that technical element.”
The criticism comes after what has been a difficult season for the pair as they struggled to find their top form after the heights of the 2018 World Cup last summer.
Dele Alli was able to carve three decent chances in the air for England, while Eric Dier stepped up to score the winning penalty in the shootout, as he did in the World Cup against Colombia.
In what could be a summer of transition for Spurs, it is likely that Pochettino will put his trust in the English pair yet again as they gear up for the start of the 2019/2020 season.
Pochettino and the Spurs faithful will be hopeful they can regain the form they have shown previously under the manager as the Lillywhites look to push for trophies next season.
Spurs Web Opinion:
It is clear to see that the majority of Tottenham players coming back from the World Cup last summer have struggled. The players must be well rested over the next few weeks and come back stronger for next season.
I hope that both Dele, Dier, and any other player who struggled with form last year can reach their best once again.
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