Everton’s Barkley more important to England than Dele Alli, says Hoddle

Ross Barkley

The former England boss does however expect the young Tottenham star to have a big international career in future.

Speaking on BT Sport, former England manager Glenn Hoddle claims Ross Barkley will be more important than Dele Alli to England next summer.

Both players were called up by manager Roy Hodgson for the recent international break, putting in highly accomplished performances against France in particular.

Both are enjoying fine Premier League campaigns this season, with Barkley finding himself with a hatful of goals and assists to his name already.

In contrast, Alli has been the breakthrough story of the campaign establishing himself in the Spurs midfield with a number of top displays.

Both are strong candidates for Euro 2016 next summer, but Hoddle says Barkley will be more important than Alli at that stage.

“For the summer, I think Barkley [will be more important],” he told BT Sport.

“He’s had the opportunity to go in there and done well. I think we need that sort of player now; we definitely need a creative player.”

The former England boss has however backed Alli to be a big player on the international stage over the next two or three years.

There is currently a lack of quality options for Hodgson to choose from in midfield, meaning there are chances for players to stake a claim.

Alli has certainly done that with his performances in the Premier League so far, and Hoddle has backed him to be a big player internationally in the next two or three years.

“I do think Alli, over the next two or three years, will turn into a really good international player,” he added.

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