‘Faultless’ Alli deserves praise, says Hodgson

Dele Alli
Dele Alli

Roy Hodgson has heaped praise on midfielder Dele Alli after he made his first start, and scored his first goal, for England on Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old from Milton Keynes was named man of the match in the emotionally charged friendly between England and France at Wembley.

In only his fourth appearance for England, Alli looked composed from the opening whistle, and fired the Three Lions into the lead with a spectacular strike 39 minutes in, beating Tottenham team-mate and France keeper Hugo Lloris all ends up - a sight familiar to all MK Dons fans.

And playing a part in England’s second, scored by Wayne Rooney three minutes after half time, Alli was taken off late in the day to a standing ovation from the Wembley crowd, earning high praise from the manager.

“It was as close as you can get to faultless performance,” said Hodgson afterwards. “I didn’t at any moment of the game think he was anything other than top class.

“It is amazing at that age - with no previous experience unless you count those 10-minute substitute appearances - for him to go in and do what he did tonight was outstanding.

“He’ll get a lot of praise for that performance - he certainly deserves a lot of praise.”