By Danny Wright
Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris has blasted Tottenham’s Dele Alli for not having enough influence in England’s 2-1 win over Slovakia on Monday night.
The Three Lions came from a goal down to earn a vital win at Wembley thanks to goals from Spurs’ Eric Dier and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, keeping their hopes of automatic qualification to the 2018 World Cup alive.
Alli, 21, played almost the entire match before he was substituted off in stoppage time to be replaced by West Brom’s Jake Livermore and although the Tottenham star found himself with a lot of time on the ball, Morris was less than impressed with what he had to offer on Monday.
“I’m one of Dele Alli’s biggest fans and think he can be a superstar,” he said on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday morning. “But I don’t get the opinion that he played well yesterday. Poor for me!”
I'm one of Dele Ali's biggest fans and think he can be a superstar…but I don't get the opinion that he played well yesterday..poor for me!
— Jody Morris (@morriskid) September 5, 2017
It was a less than convincing win for Gareth Southgate’s side, who only seemed able to perform once the onus was on them to get ahead after the proceedings failed to get off to a good start.
Alli earned his 21st England cap in the win and there will no doubt be more for the Premier League star as he is still in the early phases of what is bound to be a great career.
Although Spurs’ form hasn’t been great in the first three league games this term, Alli has already found the goalscoring form which saw him win the young player of the season award at the end of last season.
He found the net against both Newcastle and Burnley, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side have just one win to their name so far.
In other Tottenham news, Dier has been critical of one of his England team-mates after the narrow against against Slovakia.