Wayne Rooney explains pre-match message to Dele Alli, praises Tottenham star Eric Dier

Wayne Rooney has hailed Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has told The FA's official website that he felt Dele Alli was 'excellent' against France on Tuesday night, whilst Eric Dier was 'great'.

England bounced back from the 2-0 loss to Spain on Friday by coasting past France on Tuesday evening, with both Alli and Rooney getting on the scoresheet.

Alli's long range thunderbolt opened the scoring for England in stunning fashion, before Rooney volleyed home in the second half to cap off the win.

Once again, all the talk is about Tottenham's teenage sensation Alli. The 19-year-old, who signed for Spurs in January before returning to MK Dons on loan, has started his Premier League career perfectly under Mauricio Pochettino.

Already, Alli has become a first-team regular for Spurs in midfield, and his performances have led to an early England call-up - yet whilst some naysayers suggested that Alli wasn't ready for such a big step up, his outstanding goal against France served to prove those people wrong.

After the game, Rooney spoke to The FA's official website about Alli's performance, and admitted that he gave Alli a message before the game, telling him to express himself - and he did just that.

Rooney also heaped praise on Alli's Tottenham midfield partner Eric Dier, who has also been rewarded for his great start to the season with a place in England's side.

A centre back or right back last season, Dier has been providing excellent cover for the Tottenham defence by sitting in holding midfield this season, and Rooney was seemingly impressed with his performance too.

"He [Alli] had an excellent game," said Rooney. "We said beforehand ‘go and play and express yourself’. This was a game he could go and do that."

"I though Dele was fantastic, and Eric Dier in midfield was also great. We played well, we stuck to our game-plan and probably had the best chances in the game and deserved to win," he added.

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