Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been backed by former England and current Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson after accusations of diving against the 21-year-old.
The Spurs star has been at the centre of major controversy this season after claims that he tries to con the referees during games, and already has two bookings for simulation during the current campaign, with his total of three yellow cards for the act the most received by any Premier League player.
However Alli’s former manager Hodgson, who handed the youngster his debut for the Three Lions back in 2015, has delivered his unwavering support for the attacking starlet, insisting that the way the Spurs man plays football means he is going to be sent to the floor more than others.
He told the Times: “He is no cheat and he doesn’t dive, that’s for sure.
“He likes to stay on his feet as long as he can but he will get knocked over because he has great feet and he runs with the ball. And players who run with the ball get knocked over.
“He will get knocked over in the penalty area, he’ll get fouled. Some will be given as penalties and some won’t be, and when the penalty is not given, people will say that he dived, that’s just the nature of football today.”
Alli has been a regular for both club and country since his move from MK Dons to Tottenham, and already has 132 appearances for the Lilywhites, as well as 22 caps for the Three Lions.
This season has seen him turn out 36 times across all competitions for Spurs, scoring nine goals and chipping in with 13 assists, and will be hoping to add to his tally when he takes on Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side on Sunday.
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