Video: Jamie O’Hara claims boss should have stuck by out of form midfielder

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Dom Le Roy

England will resume their Euro 2020 qualification campaign later this month as they face the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Gareth Southgate’s 25 man squad for the fixtures has been announced and unsurprisingly, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli finds himself missing out.

The England manager explained that he had to pick James Maddison and Mason Mount due to the brilliant starts they have made to the season but insisted that he expects Dele to challenge for a place in the squad (Football.London).

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara has told talkSPORT that Southgate should have stuck by the Spurs midfielder despite his poor form as that would have helped the 23-year-old’s confidence.

Watch the full discussion on Dele’s exclusion from the squad below:

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While I can certainly see why Southgate had to pick Maddison and Mount over Alli, I feel a lot of people are judging the Spurs midfielder too harshly on the back of his recent slump in form. He has been plagued by injuries over the last year or so which has stopped him from getting a consistent run of games under his belt. Once he gets a run in the side, I still expect the 23-year-old to return to the player we know he can be.

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