Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen yesterday aimed a less-than-subtle dig at England manager Gareth Southgate, following Dele Alli’s match-winning showing during his side’s 3-1 victory over Chelsea.
Spurs and Chelsea went head to head in a Premier League meeting at Stamford Bridge, with potentially-crucial ramifications in the race for a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Ahead of kick-off, Spurs occupied the final Champions League place, with Chelsea having sat one place and five points adrift of their capital rivals.
The early goings of yesterday’s clash saw Chelsea work their way into proceedings, with the Blues taking more and more control as the half wore on.
And the positivity of Antonio Conte’s men paid off on the half-hour mark, when Victor Moses’ whipped cross from the right was headed home by Alvaro Morata, following a major misjudgement on the part of Hugo Lloris.
However, a moment of magic from Christian Eriksen on the stroke of half-time meant that the sides headed in level at the break, after the Dane produced a goal of the season contender with a dipping, swerving effort from 30 yards.
And the turnaround was complete with just over an hour on the clock, as Dele Alli latched onto a lofted Eric Dier ball over the top of the Chelsea defence, with the English youngster taking the ball down with his first touch in sensational fashion, before lofting a perfect finish over the outstretched arm of Willy Caballero.
Incredibly, Alli was at it again 5 minutes later, after a burst down the Chelsea left from Heung-min Son saw Caballero make an important save, before a scrappy exchange in the Blues’ box eventually led to Alli slotting home into the bottom-left corner of the hosts’ goal.
In the aftermath of the clash, Spurs’ two star men on the day, in the form of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, were interviewed by the club’s official Youtube channel.
The duo were questioned on a range of topics, including their performances, goals and each other, with Eriksen having used the opportunity to aim a less-than-subtle dig at England manager Gareth Southgate.
After being questioned on the match-winning performance of Alli, Eriksen mused:
‘Of course he does that for Spurs at the moment, and he could do the same for England if he played’, referencing his young teammate’s recent omission for England’s friendly clash with Italy.
The moment in question comes at the 2:40 mark in the clip below: