Dele Alli

Danny Higginbotham believes Dele Alli should not start World Cup opener

Former Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham believes Dele Alli should not start in England’s opening World Cup game against Tunisia. The Three Lions are overwhelming favourites to beat the African nation in their first group stage match but Higginbotham feels Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be a much better option on the day.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, he said: The reason I’m leaving out Dele Alli, I think he’s a fantastic player, but I just think I in a game like this the middle of the pitch of going to be compact and the second he gets on the ball he’s going to be crowded out. There’s going to be very little room between the midfield and the Tunisia defence and I think the physicality of someone like Loftus-Cheek, who can pick up the ball and leave players in his wake, would suit England.”
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Jamie Redknapp showers praise on Christian Eriksen

Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp feels Christian Eriksen will be Tottenham Hotspur’s key threat during the Reds’ Premier League outing at Wembley this weekend. The Denmark international has emerged as an influential player under Mauricio Pochettino contributing valuable goals and assists for the north London club.

While Harry Kane and Dele Alli remain the main creators for Spurs and Eriksen has improved his movement in the box this term, contributing three goals in the Premier League campaign. One of those was in the 1-0 triumph over Bournemouth last weekend, which secured their first Premier League victory at the Wembley.
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