Roy Hodgson shares what he told Dele Alli on England call-up

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli was surprisingly called up into the England squad.

England boss Roy Hodgson has said that he told Dele Alli not too get too comfortable in the senior squad as he’s likely to be replaced once key players return from injury, the Daily Star reports.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfield was arguably the most surprising inclusion in the squad, considering his lack of first-team football and the fact that impressive club teammate Eric Dier wasn’t selected.

Alli featured against Estonia as a substitute and could start in Lithuania, though Hodgson has stressed that he’s trying to keep the midfielder grounded and told him he’ll be back with U21 squad next time.

"People like Dele come in because an opportunity opened up for them with others moved aside, but it's not a situation where, the moment you kick the ball correctly from A to B, you'll get in the England team,” Hodgson explained.

"It's not like that at all. But if you do come in and make an impact as a young player, and then there are a lot of injuries in the first-team, there will be a chance.

"I said to him I'm pleased to have him here, he's here on merit and he can handle the pressures. But I also said to him that there's a good chance you'll be with the under-21s next time. Don't think you're a senior player."

Harsh words?

Some could look at Hodgson’s comments as slightly harsh, but in reality the England coach is just being realistic and trying to keep the Spurs ace grounded and set on improving.

Alli is a talented midfielder capable of playing in a number of positions under Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, though his main focus for now should be settling in one role at White Hart Lane.

The 19-year-old has made four Premier League starts this season, scoring once as a second-half substitute in the 1-1 draw at Leicester City.

With the likes of Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere and Fabian Delph nursing injuries, Alli isn’t likely to feature in next summer’s European Championships.

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