Dele Alli was recalled to the England team for their World Cup qualifier win against Lithuania on Sunday evening – and fans took to Twitter to slam his performance.
Alli played 81 minutes for Gareth Southgate’s new-look side as they laboured to a 1-0 win that was secured courtesy of a first-half goal from his Spurs teammate Harry Kane.
Alli, 21, has established himself as a regular in the England side after two outstanding seasons for Tottenham and slotted back into the team after missing the victory against Slovenia on Thursday due to suspension.
But England fans were unimpressed with the display of the Spurs playmaker as the visitors struggled to gel or consistently threaten the opposition goal.
Supporters took to social media afterwards to lay into Alli, with many claiming he is far less effective for his country than he is for his club.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Dele Alli is awful for England. He’s nowhere near as good as the media and Spurs fans make out.
— Jeremy Bourton (@jeremyjbourton) October 8, 2017
Alli plays garbage for England #LITENG
— Dinesh (@Sanassee) October 8, 2017
Wow Alli…just wow…dreadful header
— Em (@OhWestLondon_) October 8, 2017
— Martin Makepeace (@ShaggyIbiza) October 8, 2017
Thank god he’s gone off! Dele alli is awful! Would love to see how many times he lost the ball tonight!! #overrated
— billy king (@billyking17) October 8, 2017
Alli and Henderson have been awful
— Kieran (@GiroudFIick) October 8, 2017
As good as he is, playing Dele Alli limits England tactically. Needs to perform vindicate his selection. #ENG
— gorn (@oligornall) October 8, 2017
What? Rashford off and not Dele Alli?!! Rashford looks like he cares, Alli has done nothing. #Eng
— Stephen Orange (@StephenOrange) October 8, 2017
Alli is so overrated. His goals cover up hos awful performances. If he doesn’t score he always drops a souls 0/10.
— ???????????? (@DanielUtd) October 8, 2017
Alli has had a mixed start to the season for Spurs that has been marked by a series of controversial incidents.
But he is regarded as one of England’s more effective players despite his international form not matching the heights he has reached in a Tottenham shirt.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have been hit by a devastating blow as a key first-teamer has been sidelined until next year.