Is there an ulterior motive to Dele Alli's England call-up?

The Tottenham star is also eligible to play for Nigeria.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli received his first call-up to the England national team yesterday, as Roy Hodgson rewarded him for his excellent start to life in the Premier League.

The midfield starlet only arrived at Tottenham this summer. He was signed from League One MK Dons in January but was immediately loaned back to the club, who he then helped to promotion to the Championship.

So for him to have already made it to the England team within a few months of Premier League football is frankly astounding.

His performances do however warrant such an opportunity. He has been in excellent form for the club, sparking their season into life since being thrown into the first-team picture.

But whilst this may be reason enough for his call-up is there an ulterior motive to Hodgson’s decision.

Whilst Alli has represented England at every level from under-17 up but also remains eligible for Nigeria.

With this call-up the Tottenham man is still available for Nigeria in the future but should he play against either Lithuania or Estonia then that is no longer the case. As he would have played for England in an official fixture, Alli will be bound for life to the English national team.

It may be cynical to suggest it, as Alli warrants a call-up on performances alone, but England might just be boxing clever with the Tottenham midfielder.

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