Jamie Carragher believes Tottenham's Dele Alli has had it easy

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Jamie Carrgher believes Tottenham's Dele Alli has had it easy with his England call up.

Jamie Carragher believes Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has had it too easy to win an England call-up.

The former Liverpool midfielder told The Mail that a lack of competition, and emerging talent, has made it possible for the former MK Dons midfielder to win an England cap after just a handful of Premier League appearances.

He said: "It's never been easier to win an England call-up. If anyone doubted that, Roy Hodgson's latest squad proved how quickly a young player can be elevated.

"Dele Alli's inclusion in the group for the games against Lithuania and Estonia was the selection which caused eyebrows to be raised."

Carragher also cited Liverpool's Danny Ings as a player who has had to do little to earn a call-up, yet he unlike Alli, has a body of work in the Premier League last season with Burnley to cite to his credit.

He added that he had nothing against Alli, who he described as a 'player with potential', but that he would have liked to see the midfielder have to fight for his place.

Does he have a point?

Carragher may be right to lament the lack of English talent, but that is no reason to hold Alli back. He is a midfielder who could even go onto represent the Three Lions at Euro 2016, and it makes sense to integrate him into the squad as quickly as possible.

Alli has looked at home this season in the Premier League, and impressed against an experienced Monaco team in the Europa League last week.

While this may not be pleasant for Tottenham fans to hear, Alli may only be in the squad due to an injury to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, yet now he has a chance to stake a claim for the Gooner's spot, and one day keep him out of the side on merit, rather than simply opportunity.

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