By Germany correspondent Hans Matthias
Lothar Matthaus has identified Dele Alli as England’s star man in the wake of the team’s remarkable win in Germany on Saturday night.
The Germany all-time great told ITV that the Tottenham midfielder was the best player on the pitch as Roy Hodgson’s side came from two goals down to seal a memorable 3-2 win over their long-time rivals.
The 19-year-old showed no respect for the world class names and reputations surrounding him in midfield as he rampaged through tackles, drove the team forward and showed that his touch and technique can hold up against the most refined of opponents.
Matthaus’ praise on TV was relayed to Hodgson and clearly struck a chord with the England manager because of the former midfielder’s standing in the game.
“The TV people told me Lothar Matthaus said he was the best player on the pitch. That’s some praise indeed,” Hodgson told his post-match media conference.
“He was against France as well. His performance was man of the match. He was fantastic in that game. If anything has really pleased me here, he was able to come out and do the same again in more difficult circumstances.
“You could argue that France at home is a little bit less daunting than Germany away. At the moment all you can see with Dele Alli is a very, very bright future. It’s up to him, and his club, and he has to make certain that he doesn’t think, ‘I am the complete and finished article’.
“You can’t be the complete and finished article at 19 years of age, not if we are talking about winning tournaments, or doing well in major tournaments. You need more need experience and a few more games behind you.
“I’m not trying to detract at all from his performance. We thought he was excellent tonight from the first minute to the last, and he is getting a lot of praise, and I hope he enjoys it because it is truly deserved.”
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