Lee Dixon criticises Danny Murphy's claims Tottenham duo not ready for England

Danny Murphy's claims about Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli and Eric Dier have not gone down well for him.

Most English football fans will have been delighted to see Dele Alli score a superb goal against France in Tuesday's win at Wembley.

Unless you are Danny Murphy.

Alli's goal, combined with a confident performance from Spurs teammate Eric Dier, could not have been worse timed for the former Liverpool midfielder.

Murphy told Talksport on the eve of the game: "Lingard, Alli, Dier, they are talented lads and they could go on to be internationals, but they are nowhere near ready."

As Alli scored, Murphy's comments were widely criticised on social media, and even his fellow ex-professionals have got in on the act.

Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon, who had given a very begrudging praise of Alli's goal to ITV himself, before praising his performance, took to Breathe Sport to respond to Murphy's comments.

He said: "Based on they were the only ones left that were fit it's a bit harsh to then say they're not ready to play for England."

Former Crystal Palace striker and Ireland international Clinton Morrison found Murphy's comments amusing, also writing on Breathe Sport.

He said: "I wonder if Danny Murphy still thinks Ali [sic] is not ready for international football lol what a good finish."

Murphy may stand by his ground that the call-up has come early for Alli, but to say he is not ready is another matter, and both the ex-MK Dons ace and Eric Dier well and truly proved him wrong.

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