By Will Butcher

Paul Ince believes Tottenham’s Dele Alli would remove the “petulance” from his game if he was handed the England captaincy in the future.

Wayne Rooney currently holds the title as England captain, but Ince expects Blues stopper Cahill to captain the Three Lions in Russia at the 2018 World Cup.

Ince, a former England captain himself, then believes Spurs ace Alli would be the best choice to assume the role as he continues his exceptional form this season.

Former Manchester United midfielder Ince told the Express that giving the former MK Dons playmaker would remove Alli’s tendency to lose his head in the heat of the moment.

“He’s young, but you can groom him into being England captain,” Ince said. “He’s going to be a top player, and the armband might give him some responsibility.

“”I think Dele Alli is one who is psychologically strong. Giving him the captaincy would help him grow up faster, and cut out a bit of the petulance.

“I don’t think he should be captain now. Cahill is the obvious choice for the next World Cup, but one day I could see it really bringing the best out of him.”

Tottenham’s number 20 is known for his aggression in pressurised moments, getting involved in needless tussles during England’s loss to Iceland at Euro 2016 and his red card against Gent.

Alli was in fine form for the Three Lions against Germany on Wednesday night, as Gareth Southgate’s new-look 3-4-2-1 system worked well during the unlucky 1-0 defeat.

Lining up in an identical position that he plays in for Spurs, Alli starred alongside Jamie Vardy and Adam Lallana as the trio looked to find the back of the net.

The 20-year-old is expected to feature on Sunday against Lithuania in Group F of the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase, as Southgate looks to maintain his side’s unbeaten start.

In other Tottenham news, Martin Keown believes Alli needs to add this to his game.

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