Southgate hails Tottenham super player following England squad announcement
By Harvey Byrne
Gareth Southgate has hailed Dele Alli as a “super player” after the England boss named his squad.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder is not part of Southgate’s team which was announced on Sunday evening after suffering a knee injury, which also kept him out of Tottenham’s north London derby match on Sunday afternoon.
However, speaking in a press conference ahead of matches against Scotland and Spain, Southgate hailed the Spurs ace while also airing his disappointment that he wasn’t in the team.
“I think he’s a super player,” started Southgate talking in the press conferece about Alli. “We like him a lot. We’ve worked with him since he’s been in the England Under-18s and younger, so we know all about him.
“It was a shame for us, it was shame for him to miss the game yesterday and to miss the two matches that we’ve got, but we are very fortunate that we’ve got a lot of good players in that area of the field, so it’s always an opportunity to everybody else.”
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Alli has maintained his position as a regular in both the England team and Spurs side this season after a stunning breakthrough campaign which saw him named as the PFA Young Player of the Year, while also being named as the PFA Team of the Year.
He has made 14 appearances for his club scoring three goals this season and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping he can use the international break to recover with another London derby against West Ham coming up.
Tottenham are currently the only unbeaten side in the Premier League after 11 fixtures and they sit five points away from league leaders Liverpool.
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