Monday, 22 July, 2019

Russian Federation 2018: 'I've learned from my mistakes'

Dele Alli: I would never say never to anything but it's a great time to play for Spurs England star open to Tottenham Hotspur exit
Cary Erickson | 13 June, 2018, 13:03

"Football will always be the main focus for me, but I think it's great we get these opportunities not only for ourselves but to help other people and I'm honoured to have this opening where I can try out something different".

Alli served a one-match ban for making an obscene middle-finger gesture during England's qualifier against Slovakia a year ago.

The Tottenham midfielder looks to be in good form heading to Russian Federation, having recorded solid number this season for Spurs: 14 goals and 14 assists in all competitions, and notching one assist as recently as in the friendly tie against Costa Rica, where he cleverly found the diving head of Danny Welbeck from inside the penalty area. And if you do, you have to learn from your mistakes. "But I really like Dele Alli - he's a lot like a Brazilian player", he said via Sky Sports.

"I've got everything under control, that's not what I'm worrying about".

Alli's involvement in the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy in March was limited to just 22 minutes in Amsterdam and, with Jesse Lingard having impressed over Southgate's tenure to date, there had been suggestions the Tottenham player may miss out in the starting lineup this summer.

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Furthermore, they all look likely to play a role.

Reports today suggest that Dele Alli is set to sign a new contract with the North London outfit and, if true, it follows hot on the heels of the tying down of Mauricio Pochettino and star striker Harry Kane on long-term contracts.

England's first game of the tournament is against Tunisia on June 18, while Brazil open against Switzerland a day earlier on June 17.

"I want to play with passion and I want to play with hunger in every game I play", Alli added.