Alan Shearer asks question of Tottenham star after England draw v Scotland
By Harvey Byrne
Premier League great Alan Shearer has asked where the exciting Dele Alli is, following his performance for England in Saturday’s draw with Scotland.
The 21-year-old midfielder has no problem showcasing his talents at club level for Tottenham and has been named the PFA Young Player of the Season for two consecutive campaigns.
However, when it comes to putting on a Three Lions shirt he, like others struggles and on Saturday he failed to impress once again as a late goal from Harry Kane was needed to stop Scotland from picking up all three points in the 2-2 draw.
This has led to pundit Shearer picking out the performance of the young Spurs star, who asked where the Alli that prompts comparison with football great Paul Gascoigne was at the weekend.
“There are, of course, exceptions and it is great to see the way the English players have thrived at Tottenham,” wrote Shearer in his column for the Sun.
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“But take them out of that club bubble and drop them into a team with other English players and it does not look so good.
“Where is the Dele Alli that lights up the Premier League prompting comparison with Paul Gascoigne?
“Where is the assured Gary Cahill who was at fault in giving away the free-kick for Scotland’s equaliser? Not quite as assured alongside Chris Smalling as he is with David Luiz and the excellent Cesar Azpilicueta.
“You had to check Marcus Rashford was still on the pitch as he disappeared in his wide position.
“Do we think Jose Mourinho will trust Rashford to lead the line next season for Manchester United with Zlatan Ibrahimovic gone?”
Alli enjoyed a stunning campaign for Tottenham in the last campaign, scoring an impressive 22 goals, while assisting 13 in 50 appearances in all competitions.
He was a key part of the Spurs team that ran Chelsea close to the Premier League title and will hoping for a similarly impressive return next season.
But, he will also be keen to bring his form to international level as England prepare to go to the World Cup in Russia next summer.