By Coral Barry
Danny Murphy has claimed rookies Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Jesse Lingard are “nowhere near ready” to play for England.
Tottenham duo Alli and Dier both figured against Spain on Friday night despite having just 44 Premier league starts between them, while Lingard has been fast-tracked into the injury-hit squad after only one Premier League start.
“Lingard, Alli, Dier, they are talented lads and they could go on to be internationals, but they are nowhere near ready, ” Murphy said.
“If you think about a full-strength Spanish team, a full-strength German team and coming up against them, they have got no chance.”
Murphy, the former Liverpool midfielder who won nine England caps, believes Roy Hodgson is handing out senior caps too easily.
He compares his own experiences with the latest bunch of inexperienced debutants.
“I’d played a full season in Liverpool’s first-team, scored double figures and won trophies before I even got an England call-up,” explained Murphy to TalkSport.
“I’m not suggesting everyone has to do that of course, that is ridiculous, but a lot more water needed to go under the bridge before you got a cap.”