Ian Wright springs to defence of Tottenham ace after sustained criticism
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged people to give Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli a break after the forward was again labelled a cheat against Rochdale.
The 21-year-old attacker was accused of simulation during the FA Cup fifth round tie against the League One minnows after going down in the box following a challenge from a Dale defender.
Spurs were handed a late penalty as a result and Harry Kane duly dispatched the spot kick, putting Rochdale on the brink of elimination from the competition.
A stoppage-time equaliser from Steve Davies ensured the Lancashire outfit earned themselves a trip to Wembley but supporters were unhappy with Alli’s role in the result.
Writing in his column in The Sun, February 20th page 46, the ex-striker said: “No sooner had Dele Alli gone down in the Rochdale box on Sunday and the knives were out in force once again.
“To suggest he dived to win that late FA Cup penalty is just wrong. It was a foul, a tired challenge from a League One defender against fresh legs.
“Dele is a really magnificent and he will be crucial to England’s hopes at the World Cup this summer.
“So get off his case.”
Wright also went on to say that the fact that the Rochdale manager, Keith Hill, agreed that it was a penalty ought to be enough to get people to lay-off the England midfielder.
Spurs’ number 10 has been frequently targetted with the cheating label since his emergence as a Spurs star from Milton Keynes Dons.
The youngster has seen his worth rocket at the North London club and despite the allegations against him remains one of the country’s top prospects ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
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