Jamie Redknapp hails Tottenham star as one of the best in a long time
By Dominic Toner
Jamie Redknapp believes that Tottenham’s Dele Alli is one of the special talents currently at England’s disposal.
Alli, 20, has emerged into one of the nation’s young stars and has the potential to become a mainstay in the England team for many years.
The youngster left his mark in the 1-0 victory over Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier, after contributing from the bench as a second-half substitute.
Liverpool’s Adam Lallana scored a 95th minute winner to give manager Sam Allardyce a win in his first competitive game in charge.
Writing in The Mail, former England international Redknapp was stunned that Alli was left out of the starting line-up and believes new England manager Sam Allardyce should build his team around the Tottenham midfielder.
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“Seeing England’s midfielders playing so deep against Slovakia was hard to watch,” said Redknapp.
“Why on earth did Dele Alli not start? Jordan Henderson and Eric Dier are good, solid players but we need more guile in midfield.
“Alli has real imagination, skill and the ability to unlock doors. He is one of the best players we have produced in a long time. We have to give Sam time to get it right. However, this is the chance for a new beginning and Alli is the sort of player we can build the team around.”
Alli replaced Jordan Henderson against Slovakia and his energy made an immediate and positive impact on England’s adventure going forward.
Since his transfer to Spurs from MK Dons, Alli has promised to be one of the stars of the future. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has focused his side around a core of young English players, with five members of Allardyce’s squad playing their football at White Hart Lane.
Alli is best suited in the number 10 position behind the striker where he forged a deadly partnership with Harry Kane last season.
He has already scored 10 goals and supplied 11 assists in just 49 appearances for Spurs, and although he’s only scored one international goal, Redknapp obviously believes he can be the central figure in the Allardyce revolution.
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