Gareth Southgate: “Dele Alli Isn’t A Proven Player Yet”

Gareth Southgate: “Dele Alli Isn’t A Proven Player Yet”
Aug 27, 2017

News Tottenham

After England’s World Cup qualifying squad was released earlier this week, England boss Gareth Southgate talked about how talented the current crop of England players are. Southgate talked about Nathaniel Chalobah, Harry Maguire and Dele Alli. The England boss was asked about the quality Dele Alli possesses, and Southgate admitted that the Spurs midfielder is still unproven at the top level because he has not won any trophies.

Even though the Tottenham midfielder is a key figure for the national team since making his debut two years ago, Southgate expects him to shoulder even more responsibility in the wake of Wayne Rooney’s international retirement. The England boss has no doubt that Alli can replace Wayne Rooney’s contribution, but he admits that the Spurs midfielder has to prove himself first.

“Raheem Sterling can also play in the No.10 position. Dele is an exciting player and it’s a great opportunity for him to kick on, but there’s always a challenge,” said the England manager. “He’s a young player, but he’s not a proven player. At the moment, he hasn’t won anything.

Like all young players, he’s got to keep looking to improve. His goalscoring record over the past couple of years is phenomenal for a player who is not an out-and-out striker.

The Three Lions continue their World Cup qualifying campaign against Malta next Friday before facing Slovakia on September 4th.

  1. Franky Jones says:

    Great post.

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