By Will Butcher
Glenn Hoddle believes Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Liverpool’s Adam Lallana hold the key to achieving success in Gareth Southgate’s 3-4-2-1 system.
The duo starred against Germany on Wednesday night despite the 1-0 loss at Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion, as they played in behind Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.
Former England manager Hoddle claimed on the Daily Mail’s website that if both playmakers can thrive in Southgate’s Three Lions’ formation, then “England will do well”.
“There’s been plenty of focus on Alli after his fine performance on Wednesday night. But we can spread the load, because now England have two excellent No 10s: Alli and Lallana,” Hoddle said.
“The formation really suited them. They are really tricky players with a great touch. What I like is their energy. If they can thrive, England will do well.”
Former Southampton ace Lallana is in the peak of his career after beginning to find the back of the net more regularly, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists for Liverpool.
Alli, 20, has also shone in Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side, finding the back of the net 17 times for the north London giants from midfield.
Lallana was unlucky not to find the back of the net against the Germans, striking Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s post, while Alli should have scored but blasted the ball straight at the Barcelona goalkeeper.
Both Alli and Lallana are likely to feature in some capacity against Lithuania on Sunday evening, as Southgate looks to orchestrate a fourth group win against the European minnows.
A win for Southgate’s England will see them consolidate their position at the top of Group F, and could see them go five points clear if Scotland beat Slovakia.