By Tony Hughes

Ryan Giggs has hailed the performance of Dele Alli after England beat Malta 2-0 at Wembley on Saturday evening.

The Tottenham midfielder scored one goal and could have had at least two more in England’s first game since Sam Allardyce’s departure.

The victory was England’s second in two World Cup qualifiers and ensure they will stay top of their qualifying group.

Interim boss Gareth Southgate handed Alli, 20, the playmaker role ahead of Wayne Rooney, who was utilised in central midfield alongside Jordan Henderson, and he thrived in the position.

In his role as a pundit on ITV Sport, Giggs said in the aftermath of the clash: “I think Dele Alli is a brilliant young player. I really like him, he’s the perfect No.10. He’s always available and plays in them little pockets. He’s always a threat.”

Alli admitted after the match that he would have like to have added to his goal tally but the Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg did pull off some impressive saves to deny Alli and Daniel Sturridge, who scored England’s othe goal.

Alli has come into form in recent weeks after a slow start to the season, and was outstanding in Spurs’ 2-0 win over Manchester City last weekend.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs have reignited their pursuit of a Spain star and will make a move in the January window.