Former England boss Glenn Hoddle believes Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli can provide a more potent attacking threat than his main positional competitors this summer.
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard was Gareth Southgate's preferred option during the Three Lions' 1-0 win in Holland and their 1-1 draw with Italy at Wembley; providing a goal and an assist across both contests.
However, the ex-national coach stated in his column for the Daily Mail that despite the 25-year-old Red Devil's impressive contribution last month, Alli can still provide more up front than the north west-based playmaker, as he can compared to any other English midfielder.
“I know he often plays as a No 10 for Spurs because of his relationship with Harry Kane, but the way Gareth Southgate seems to be setting up, I think he’d be best suited as one of three midfielders in a 3-5-2”, the 60-year-old wrote. “It will take a certain amount of adjusting his game but won’t require anything he can’t do.
At the rate Jesse is playing , Alli isn't making the starting XI for England in Russia.— SCHOLES (@iamscholes) March 31, 2018
“And if you look at his rivals for the position — Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Jack Wilshere — he is a better goalscorer than any of them. An in-form Dele Alli is probably even better than Jesse Lingard in that regard.”
Despite the feeling Alli is currently enduring a difficult season, heading into Tottenham's clash with Chelsea the 21-year-old had netted 10 goals and provided 13 assists.
However, despite his effectiveness for Spurs, the youngster has only netted twice during his 22 appearances for his country; a similar record to that of Lingard - who has scored once in his 10 showings.