Gareth Southgate explains why Roy Hodgson picked Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli ahead of Southampton's James Ward-Prowse

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Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse was overlooked by Roy Hodgson for Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli.

England under-21 boss Gareth Southgate has told the Daily Star that Roy Hodgson believes Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli is a different profile of player to Southampton's James Ward-Prowse.

Ward-Prowse has been named as captain of the England under-21 side but, despite making over 100 appearances for Southampton, he has still never been given a senior cap.

Alli, on the other hand, has only made four Premier League starts in the entirety of his career to date, but Hodgson brought him on in Three Lions' two most recent Euro 2016 qualifiers. 

And Southgate said: "I feel James has still got a lot of potential to come as he matures physically and tactically.

"He is still very young and because of his mentality he's got a really bright future.

"Roy's view is that Dele is a different profile of player to James. But James is still somebody that I know Roy likes a lot."

Alli's form at Tottenham has been hugely impressive since his summer move, but his call-up has been awarded to him very early in his career.

Ward-Prowse will still take heart from being handed the captain's armband for the under-21 side, though, as it highlights how highly he is rated by his country.

The Saints youngster plays a prominent role for his club, and he has clearly been identified as a leader by the England coaching staff. 

Alli, meanwhile, will be aiming to keep his place in the England squad, with the young midfielder hopeful of going to France next summer. 

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