Former defender explains why Spurs star is likely to miss major competition

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While the Spurs duo of Harry Kane and Harry Winks starred for England in their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo, Dele Alli had to be content with watching from home once again.

The Spurs midfielder has failed to make Gareth Southgate’s last few England squads with the 47-year-old having chosen to select the likes of Mason Mount, James Maddison and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of him.

Former Spurs defender Pascal Chimbonda has claimed that it is going to be difficult for the 23-year-old to return to the England squad for the Euros given the fact that there are very few international matches until next summer.

Speaking to Gambling.com, the Frenchman said: “At the moment, it’s really hard to see how Dele Alli gets back into the England set-up. He’s got to hit some form very soon because there aren’t too many international opportunities between now and next summer’s tournament.

“He’s going to have to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans through his club form, but it’s difficult to see how he’s going to do that because it’s just not happening for him at the moment.

“At the moment, England have enough people firing, they’re scoring lots of goals and clicking well. Southgate has no reason to disrupt that flow, so I fear for Alli, I think he’ll miss out.

“But you never know, sometimes all it takes is one goal, one moment of magic to rejuvenate a player’s season, and injuries could yet force Southgate to reconsider Alli. We’ll just have to wait and see, but the onus is on him to rediscover his form.”

Chimbonda also gave his take on why Harry Kane is in much better form for England than for the Lilywhites. He insisted that the England captain was much more confident of getting the right service when donning the Three Lions shirt.

He added: “It all simply boils down to confidence. When we’ve seen Kane in a Spurs shirt this season, he hasn’t looked at his best, but yet when he’s on England duty he’s on top of his game.

“I don’t think it’s a lack of confidence in himself when he’s playing for Spurs, it could be a lack of confidence in the players around him at club level. When he’s playing for England he has players around him like Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho and you can tell he’s on the same wavelength as them.

“These guys are creating chance after chance for him on international duty and that is fueling his confidence. He’s not quite getting that from his Spurs team-mates so far this season.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Dele Alli is a fighter and so he will be doing all that he can to win his place back in the England squad in time for the Euros. People are writing off the Spurs midfielder too quickly at the moment. I have been impressed by his last few performances as I believe there are signs that he is rediscovering his form with more game time.

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