Southgate impressed with Alli’s resurgence


England boss Gareth Southgate feels Dele Alli is now playing in his “best position” for Tottenham and hinted at a call-up to his next squad.

Alli has won 37 caps for the Three Lions after making his debut in October 2015 but was omitted from the last squad as Southgate’s side secured top spot in Euro 2020 qualification Group A after wins over Montenegro and Kosovo.

The 23-year-old struggled with injury in the early part of the campaign, restricting him to just seven Premier League outings, but he has now scored four top-flight goals, including three in his past two appearances under new Spurs chief Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician played down his influence on the former MK Dons forward but Southgate feels the ex-Manchester United and Chelsea manager has found a way of getting the best out of the talented schemer again.

“Jose has played him as a No.10 and that’s his best position, having the freedom to run on into the box,” he told Sky Sports. “That has been very clear for a long time. So it’s great he’s back on the scoring trail.”

England will next be in action in March 2020 as they prepare for the European Championship.

It seems inevitable Alli will be included as he has an excellent understanding with Harry Kane at club level which can easily translate to the international game.

Southgate is blessed with a number of up-and-coming young midfielders but Alli has the vital ingredient of experience heading into a major tournament.