MX23RW : Monday, February 18 19:22:25

Gareth Southgate defends under-fire Dele Alli

Southgate defends under-fire Dele Alli
© Reuters
England boss Gareth Southgate insists that he has been pleased with the performances of Dele Alli at the 2018 World Cup.

England boss Gareth Southgate has insisted that he has been pleased with the performances of Dele Alli at the 2018 World Cup.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder struggled to make his mark in England's tournament opener against Tunisia, and also found it difficult to influence the last-16 clash with Colombia on Tuesday night.

There have been calls for Southgate to drop the 22-year-old for Saturday's quarter-final with Sweden, but the Three Lions manager has insisted that Alli has done "a fantastic job" in Russia.

"In terms of Dele, I thought his performance against Tunisia was as good as he's had since I've been England manager," Southgate told reporters.

"He is at his best when he's making those forward runs and really threatening opponents with those forward runs from midfield. The other night, the game was a little bit different but he did a really diligent job without the ball for us.

"I think maybe we need to encourage him a little bit more to get into those areas where I think his strengths lie. Where he can have the biggest impact on the game. That is something I need to think about tactically but like I say, he did a fantastic job for the team."

Should England progress past Sweden, they would face the winner of Croatia and Russia in the semi-finals of the competition next week.


Click here for more stories about Gareth Southgate

Click here for more stories about England

Share this article now:
Steven Gerrard pictured in December 2016
Read Next:
Gerrard urges England "to stay calm"
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account