Report: Roy Hodgson ready to play Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli in holding midfield, replacing crocked Jack Wilshere

The Tottenham star looks set to play a deeper role for England.

Dele Alli's excellent debut season at Tottenham Hotspur has him earmarked as a sure thing for the European Championships with England this summer.

The wonderkid has been exceptional since making his move to London from MK Dons and scored his first international goal with a long-range effort against France in November.

But England are spoilt for choice in midfield - so where does Roy Hodgson play him?

It is now being reported that he might consider putting Alli in defensive midfield, at the detriment of an Arsenal player.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Hodgson believes Alli could play the holding role for England - whilst also bringing something a little extra to the position.

The original plan has always been to give Jack Wilshere of Arsenal the role, but England are now growing increasingly certain that he will not be fit for the tournament after yet another injury ravaged season in North London.

Other potential options include experienced Manchester United star Michael Carrick, Leicester City stalwart Danny Drinkwater and Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier - but it seems England are set to trial Alli in the position in the upcoming friendly matches with Germany and the Netherlands.

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