Paul Robinson warned Dele Alli must start on a regular basis for Tottenham next season if he has any chance of regaining his England spot ahead of the Euros.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 24-year-old has “proven that he is the best number 10” at the club but must show that on a consistent basis this year.
Alli was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark having previously been a regular in the international setup.
His 38 appearances last season yielded an impressive nine goals and six assists but a muscle injury saw him only start one for Spurs game post-lockdown.
Jack Grealish, who like Alli is an attacking midfielder, received a late call up to the Three Lions squad yesterday after Marcus Rashford and Harry Winks pulled out.
When asked by Football Insider if the Lilywhites midfielder was no a serious doubt for next summer’s Euros, Robinson said:
“Alli is not going to get into the England squad if he is not playing games. It is as simple as that. He needs to concentrate on his own fitness and his own form and get that right. If he gets everything right at club level then the England will follow.
“When Jose first came in, it looked like manager and player were the perfect fit. It is an important season for him. The manager is now moulding the squad into what he wants and Dele Alli has to make sure he is part of that.
“A fully fit and firing Dele Alli starts. He has proven that he is the best player in that number 10 role behind Kane. Now he needs to produce on a regular basis.”
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