Stuart Pearce criticises England’s use of Tottenham’s Dele Alli

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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli made his England debut over the international break.

Alli made his senior England debut over the recently finished international break, and Stuart Pearce has told talkSPORT that he should not be in the senior side, but instead be part of the Under-21 squad.

Pearce said: “On every international week, all your best players should be playing 90 minutes of football. They shouldn’t be like Dele Alli, with the seniors playing two minutes of football - what’s the point? He should be with the Under-21s.”

As great as it was to see Alli make his England debut, with all the years he has ahead of him, it is hard to disagree with Pearce’s viewpoint.

All too often we have seen young players thrown into the senior set-up at such an early age, only to go on and then struggle with the expectation place upon their shoulders.

The most recent example of this is Wilfried Zaha, who is only now starting to revive his career in impressive style with Crystal Palace.

Alli’s performance were short enough to give him a run out, but in 25 minutes of action across two games, there was little the 19-year-old could have picked up in terms of development.

Pearce believes he would have been better set playing in the Under-21 side, where Alli would likely have featured for the majority of the 3-0 victory over Kazakhstan.

Alli’s development is a vital thing for both Tottenham and England to keep an eye on, and both management teams need to ensure his progression is handled in the best manner.

He has a wealth of potential to fulfil, and the youngster should be handled correctly to ensure he does not become another player thrown on the scrapheap of unfulfilled English potential.

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