ITV pundit Lee Dixon admits Alli has proved him wrong, but does not go overboard

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Lee Dixon commented on Tottenham wonderkid Dele Alli's performance for England.

Teenage prospect Dele Alli scored a superb goal as England beat France 2-0 at Wembley.

The midfielder is enjoying a superb season at Spurs, establishing himself in the first team and earning an international call.

There were those who felt Alli's call-up for the Three Lions came too soon, and former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon was one of them.

He was a pundit on ITV's broadcast of the fixture, and admitted Alli had proved his doubts wrong, although it would be incorrect to say his analysis was brimming with enthusiasm.

He said: "I wasn't sure about giving him a cap this early but he's showed what he can do. Fair play to him when it comes to the goal.

"It's a great strike, but it does take a little flick off his (Koscielny's) knee. They don't work hard enough for me (France) to get back to him."

He added: "He was in the right position, I thought he had a really good game tonight."

Alli has surely booked his ticket for Euro 2016 next summer, but Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to quell the expectation around the midfielder.

So far the former MK Dons youngster has risen to every challenge expected of him, but Spurs will be keen to prevent burnout, and should use him sensibly this season.

England do not have a competitive fixture until Euro 2016, and it would be good to see Roy Hodgson rest him for friendly matches until the season finishes, for he has surely learned that Alli is good enough for the squad, and should wait until the tournament before unleashing him further.

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