Steve McManaman backs Eric Dier for England, unsure over Dele Alli

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Steve McManaman isn't sure that Dele Alli warrants an England call-up.

Pundit Steve McManaman has told BT Sport that whilst he thinks Tottenham's Eric Dier should be in the reckoning for an England call-up, it's too soon for Dele Alli to be featuring.

England boss Roy Hodgson named his England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania on Thursday, but with the Three Lions already qualified, there are a couple of experimental surprises in the squad.

Leicester's Jamie Vardy keeps his place after a strong start to the season, whilst Liverpool's Danny Ings has received his first call-up to the senior squad.

Yet, the biggest shock came with Dele Alli's inclusion. The 19-year-old midfielder arrived at Tottenham this summer following his loan deal with MK Dons, which came after agreeing a January move to White Hart Lane.

So far, Alli has been superb for Tottenham, and his performance have now handed him a shock call-up to the England squad - with plans to give him a cap in order to prevent him playing for Nigeria, who he is also eligible to represent, no doubt in Hodgson's mind.

Not everybody agrees with the decision to call Alli up, and former England international McManaman told BT Sport that whilst he is a big fan of Alli, it's his Tottenham midfield partner Eric Dier who warrants a call-up to the England squad in the near future.

"Eric Dier, if he keeps playing like he did last week, will get his call-up soon enough," said McManaman. I'm a big fan of Dele Alli, but I think it's a little bit soon to get him in to the England squad, to be very honest," he added.

Dier has switched from playing in defence to featuring under Mauricio Pochettino, and so far, the tactical experiment has been a roaring success.

He may be in the England Under-21 squad, but Dier will be hoping to follow Alli in to the senior setup soon - and with few natural holding midfielders available, Dier certainly has a great chance of impressing Hodgson and earning his first senior cap this season.

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