Speaking to talkSPORT (aired Wednesday morning), Stuart Pearce has urged Roy Hodgson to play Dele Alli and Eric Dier for considerable amounts of time, or simply drop them back down into England’s Under-21 squad to aid their development.
He said: “You’ve got to look at the likes of Dier and Alli that he’s brought into the squad. Play them, or put them back with the Under-21s.”
Alli already has two caps for England from the laster international break, but this is Dier’s first senior call-up, and the upcoming games are great chances for the young pair to get some considerable game time.
They are both friendly fixtures, meaning that the results do not matter, and so Dier and Alli should be given the chance to play considering how well they have performed at club level for Spurs this season.
The young duo have been arguably two of the best and most consistent performers in the Premier League this term, and they form an almost perfect double-pivot in a 4-2-3-1 system.
Dier is the more defensive holding player, whilst Alli is the box-to-box attacking threat, and the relationship they share at White Hart Lane gives them an advantage over other midfield options in the England squad.
However, there are no guarantees that Dier and Alli will get any playing time in Hodgson’s squad, and former Under-21 boss Pearce has urged Hodgson to either play the duo or send them back down to the Under-21 squad.
If they are not going to be playing at senior level, they should be dropped down a level, and allowed to play full 90 minute games for the Under-21s, where they can continue their development.
There is simply no reason to be called up to the senior squad if they are only there to make up the numbers, and will spend this week sitting on the sidelines.