Paul Merson has claimed that Dele Alli will be back in the England squad in ‘two minutes’ if the Tottenham man carries on playing the way he is because there is ‘no –one like him.’
England manager Gareth Southgate has opted to completely take him out of his squad because of the poor form he was in during past 12 months.
Speaking to Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (30/11/19 12pm start), Merson was full of praise for the unique Alli.
“I just think from a distance watching him play, he came away from being the Dele Alli that he is,” Merson told Sky Sports. “Getting into the box, the third man running, he’s a great finisher, a very good finisher for a midfielder. I think he stopped making those runs.
“He started coming short, flicking balls, here and there. I think he has gone back to hard work. I think if he keeps on making those runs, he’ll be back in the England team in two minutes because there’s no like him in the Premier League, as an English player, he makes those runs and he knows when to makes those runs. And he’s a very good finisher.”