Glenn Hoddle has opined that Dele Alli is nowhere near the player he was a few years ago and that the midfielder has no chance of getting into the England squad for the European Championship.
Alli has endured the most difficult season of his career since arriving at Spurs in 2015, with the midfielder struggling to get game time for the vast majority of the campaign.
The 25-year-old has arguably been the biggest beneficiary of Jose Mourinho’s departure, with Ryan Mason handing him three consecutive starts in the Premier League over the last couple of weeks.
The former MK Dons man has shown promising signs, putting in a particularly impressive display in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Wolves on Sunday.
Despite his mini resurgence, Hoddle believes that Alli has no chance of being picked by Gareth Southgate for the Euros since there are many players ahead of him in the pecking order.
When asked whether Alli could sneak into the England squad, the legendary Spurs midfielder said on The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show (as relayed by HITC): “He hasn’t done enough yet no. I don’t think so, I think that if we had one player unfit.
“If Grealish breaks down, Maddison is another one who’s ahead of him who has injury problems, if Foden, god forbid, got injured then you’ve got Mount and Lingard, and is he ahead of Lingard?
“There’s a lot ahead of him. For me, he’s got to get his head down in the summer, there’s a player in there waiting to come back out again, for whatever reason, we don’t know, but he’s nowhere near the player he was a couple of years ago. He’s got to retain the ball better, and he’s doing that now.”
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Alli’s resurgence has come too late for him to be in with a shot of making the England squad. However, the midfielder might have done enough to save his Tottenham career. He looked certain to leave in the summer when Mourinho was in charge but I would not be surprised if Daniel Levy now refuses to entertain offers for him this summer.
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