Jamie Redknapp defends Tottenham's Dele Alli

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli was accused of diving against Southampton.

Tottenham's Dele Alli is fouled by Southampton's Steven Davis for a penaltyTottenham's Dele Alli is fouled by Southampton's Steven Davis for a penalty

Pundit and former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that he has 'no problem' with the way Dele Alli won Tottenham's penalty against Southampton on Sunday.

Tottenham took on Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with manager Mauricio Pochettino facing his former club – and he saw Christian Eriksen fire his side into the lead with a fine long-range strike.

Spurs made it 2-0 before the break as Dele Alli scored from the spot having been brought down by Steven Davis inside the penalty area, with Pochettino's men coasting towards victory even without star striker Harry Kane.

However, Southampton hit back in the second half as new England call-up James Ward-Prowse scored from close range, forcing Spurs into something of a nervy finish – but they held on for all three points in a 2-1 win.

Whilst the result keeps Tottenham in second place in the Premier League table, one of the main talking points to come out of the game surrounds midfielder Alli and the awarding of Tottenham's penalty.

Alli went down under a challenge from Davis despite there appearing to be minimal contact, with many accusing the Spurs ace of diving to win the penalty.

Alli has received similar accusations throughout his time at Tottenham, but he has been defended by former Spurs midfielder and current pundit Jamie Redknapp.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie RedknappSky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp

Redknapp has told the Daily Mail that he has 'no problem' with Alli going down, as there was contact and he was just making sure that Tottenham got a chance to score, taking advantage of contact just as players in Spanish football do.

“I have no problem with the way Dele Alli won his penalty for Tottenham against Southampton,” said Redknapp. “I cannot stand diving but Alli did not feign contact with Steven Davis. It was a clumsy challenge from the Southampton midfielder and he definitely made contact with Alli — however minimal.”

“Young English players are so used to watching Spanish football they are learning how to take advantage of any foul. Alli was simply ensuring that his side earned a goalscoring opportunity,” he added.

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