England boss Gareth Southgate has admitted that he has a selection headache including Tottenham’s Dele Alli ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
A number of players were given the chance to shine during friendly games against Holland and Italy but there are still some big decisions to make.
Several players such as Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling impressed, while there are many players in the wide areas that will need to be cut.
Lewis Cook even made his debut for the national side with several fringe players tested ahead of the World Cup.
Not only that, in the attacking midfield position there are many options and Southgate also singled the Spurs man out as one that is ‘well in the frame’ after a lacklustre season at club level.
“I have got a problem, because I have (Marcus) Rashford, Lingard, Sterling, (Harry) Kane, (Jamie) Vardy, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – so there are huge choices that I have to make,” explained Southgate.
“I don’t foresee a scenario where they don’t come to Russia with us, but I can only pick eleven. That is one of the big things of being an England manager, you have got decisions to make.
“Dele is well in the frame for that.
“There’s no reason he can’t come to Russia and have a huge impact on that tournament. We’ve seen the ability he has and with all those guys he is another one who is at an age where he could be playing for the Under-21s.
“The ability and talent is there and I am looking forward to seeing him over the next few weeks.”
England Manager Gareth Southgate tells Dele Alli to ‘grow up’ if he wants to claim a place in England’s World Cup starting line-up.
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