By Dominic Toner
Stan Collymore believes that Dele Alli is the solution to England’s midfield dilemma.
Alli, 20, made a huge impact from the bench during the 1-0 win over Slovakia in the World Cup qualifier.
Liverpool’s Adam Lallana scored a 95th minute winner to spark wild celebrations but the performance of second-half substitute Alli was the game changer.
Writing in his column for BoyleSports, Collymore has said that Alli should be a crucial part of the England set-up in the future and should even start ahead of captain Wayne Rooney.
“Many of these young players now need to live under the pressure Rooney has always been under,” said Collymore, “and I genuinely don’t think they will when he’s the one we all talk about.
“Dele Alli, for example. In real terms he should be starting in the position that Rooney wants to play in, around or alongside his team mate for 50-odd games already, Eric Dier.
“The jury is still out on Henderson, honest that he is. From midfield we need cockiness, confidence and a hybrid of a ball player, a rabble rouser, an inspiration and a motivator. He gives none.
“Which is why embracing Alli is so important even after a tricky start to the season. He just ‘has it’, proven with a cameo appearance which asked lots of questions going forward late on.”
The youngster played a leading role in the nation’s Euro 2016 campaign as they were eliminated by minnows Iceland 2-1 in the last 16.
Tottenham field Alli in the number 10 position behind the striker and he forged a deadly partnership with club and international team-mate Harry Kane last season.
Alli has already scored 10 goals and supplied 11 assists in just 49 appearances for Spurs.
Sam Allardyce, who was competing in his first England match as manager, opted to omit Alli from the starting line-up but may be forced to reconsider in the next qualifier against Malta in October.
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