By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Gareth Southgate should build the England team around Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, according to Stan Collymore.
The broadcaster and pundit believes the interim manager must show his faith in the players he describes as the two most exciting young talents in the English game.
Collymore urged Southgate, who has been appointed as manager for the next four matches follow Sam Allardyce’s exit, to be bold in his selection.
“Alli and Rashford are the future of English football and if you’re looking at getting a partnership going between two players who can score goals and be creative then they would be the two you’d choose,” Collymore wrote in his Mirror column.
“Rashford, in particular, has started the season on fire. He is scoring for Manchester United and bagged a hat-trick for Southgate’s Under-21s against Norway in the September international break.
“Alli hasn’t started this season quite as brightly, but he has the sort of talent that should see him become a mainstay in the team unless his form drops away completely.”
Alli has started seven of Spurs’ nine Premier League and Champions League matches this season, scoring two goals, including a crucial strike in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Manchester City.
By contrast, Rashford has netted four goals in just five United starts in addition to his landmark treble for the Under-21s.
Former Liverpool striker Collymore believes Alli should start in the No10 role in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Malta, with Rashford used as the spearhead of the attack in the absence of the injured Harry Kane.
“Alli, given the way he played last season, he has the ability to do something special at any moment,” Collymore added in the Mirror.
“Now it’s up to the young Tottenham star to show he feels he is one of the most important players in the England team as well as the Spurs team. That means getting on the ball and making things happen.
“I want to see Alli blossom and under Southgate – a man who already knows him well from their time together with the Under-21s – he can do that.”
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