‘Have a word with Beckham’ - Ian Wright delivers verdict on Tottenham player
By Derek Smithson
Ian Wright has advised Tottenham ace Dele Alli to speak to David Beckham following his controversial moment with England during the international break.
The 21-year-old was pictured doing a middle-finger gesture during England’s win over Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier and it has since been cleared up it was aimed at team-mate Kyle Walker.
The Football Association believe they can prove Alli’s gesture was not aimed at the referee in case of an official Fifa investigation, but the incident has not painted the youngster in a good light.
Wright has suggested that the Spurs playmaker has a word with England legend Beckham, who had his fair share of controversy while playing the Three Lions.
“If England are going to ruffle any feather in Russia, we need a man with the X Factor – and in Dele Alli we’ve got just that,” Wright wrote in the Sun. “But as gifted as Dele undoubtedly is, the message needs hammering home that he will be no good to us if he’s sitting in the stand and serving a ban.
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“Maybe Dele could have a word with David Beckham and see the problems a rush of blood can cause for you. We all know what happened with Becks, and his red card at the 1998 World Cup, and yes, eventually he did turn it all round because he was a brilliant player with a great strength of character.
“If David spoke to Dele, I’m sure he would tell him, ‘You don’t want to get on the wrong side of this, you don’t want to be trying to resurrect your career because it really isn’t fun’.”
Wright believes that Alli is an integral part of the national side and that he must play a key role if they are to be successful in the World Cup.
The attacking midfielder helped Gareth Southgate’s side pick up two victories during the international break and they are now on the brink of World Cup qualification.
He has been involved in a number of high-profile incidents in the past and his domestic manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to control his temper while allowing him to still play on the edge.
Alli will now return to Spurs and will be hoping to continue his good form after two goals in the opening three league games.
In other Tottenham news, Ricky Villa has issued concern that the club’s 25-year-old may never play again.