It’s Roy Hodgson’s decision if he wants to call up Dele Alli.
Dele Alli has been named in England’s squad for their Euro 2016 qualification double-header against Estonia and Lithuania. Ray Lewington had watched him 15 to 20 times and between us we have seen him play seven or eight times this season.
“To be honest I was shocked, I didn’t expect it at all”, he said. He could train with us’.
The former Argentina global has an impressive record of coaxing the best out of young talent and the Spurs head coach has enjoyed his recent displays. It wouldn’t have been a problem but Tim made it clear that wasn’t a good idea.
“It is not about the number of games and if he is 19, 18 or 20 years old”, said Pochettino. And playing alongside fellow Englishman Eric Dier, Spurs might have the key ingredients to a future England central-midfield partnership.
“I don’t know (if it is because I am more settled)”. I would like to win both games but the one in Lithuania is where I will experiment or make changes.
“He was an important member of the Under-21s and we never felt we could rob them to have him with us”.
“I was speechless”, Alli told Tottenham’s official website.
This has been a remarkable year for the highly-talented 19-year-old midfielder, having secured a £5 million (Dh27.8m) move to Spurs, achieved promotion with MK Dons and now earned his first senior call-up. I think it is the right decision.
Hodgson admits he has been forced to cast his net further because of a lack of depth in the country.
There was no place, however, in Hodgson’s 24-man squad for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, even though he had recovered from injury.
England host Estonia at Wembley on Friday October 9 before they travel to Lithuania for their final qualifier three days later.
“He’ll realise from the work he’s done with us and what the other staff have said to him that we had high hopes for him for 2016”.