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Tottenham's Pochettino makes Alli U-turn

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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has downplayed controversy over Dele Alli.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has downplayed his own personal misgivings over Dele Alli's England call-up.

The Argentine told SkySports after the 1-1 draw he was happy with Alli getting the nod for the Three Lions' upcoming matches.

He said: "This is good news for us today and for him and we are all happy, it is good for him and for Tottenham after.

"It is done and the decision is always for the manager. Roy Hodgson called me, sent a text and said he will look after him. It's not a problem and in the end every single player is different."

Pochettino seems to have been placated, but also has trust in Alli to adapt, just as he has done to playing Premier League football early on this season.

He told The Mail earlier in the week: "It's Roy Hodgson's decision if he wants to call up Dele Alli. You can see he's a player that is very mature and shows great quality but always in football it's step by step and we need to be careful.

"He will mature. He has personality and good character. But it is too much of a rush to talk about bigger steps for him."

While Alli made it into England's senior squad, Eric Dier did not, which is one less player for Pochettino has to worry about how he will adjust.

The main issue really for Spurs is that Alli comes back fully healthy, especially with forward Heung-Min Son picking up an injury against Manchester City, but there is no reason to hold him back for now, and with his burgeoning talent, a call-up was inevitable sooner or later.

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