Darren Bent has claimed that England’s national squad doesn’t possess anyone quite like Tottenham’s Dele Alli, despite a number of English attacking midfielders impressing in the Premier League this season.
Alli has been an important player during Gareth Southgate’s reign so far as England boss, but a dip in club form means he’s been overlooked for recent national squad.
The 23-year-old hasn’t played for the Three Lions since June 2019 in the Nations League finals and will be hoping to force his way back in the picture.
He does have 37 senior England caps and his club form for Spurs has started to improve this season, especially since the arrival of Jose Mourinho as manager in November.
Ex-Spurs forward Bent is a big fan of playmaker Alli and has discussed how important he is to England’s national squad.
His English counterparts for a creative midfield role are the likes of Chelsea’s Mason Mount, Leicester City’s James Maddison and perhaps even Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.
“He’s got a few goals and I don’t think we (England) have got anyone else like him,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“We haven’t got anyone like Dele Alli who can run beyond the front man, he’s good in the air too, times those runs in the box to perfection. A Lampard-esque type midfielder who gets himself into the box alongside the striker, I think he’s the only one who really does that.”
Alli is a special talent that deserves to be drafted back into the England form due to his resurgence and he has too much quality to stay quiet for too long.
He’s an attacking midfielder that looks like he’s going to thrive under Mourinho with a real freedom to goal forward and that’s helped him score eight goals across all competitions this season.
But it’s worth noting that both Grealish and Maddison have scored more than him this campaign, which is why Southgate’s decision becomes extremely difficult in terms of picking a best XI.