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England fans want Jesse Lingard to play ahead of Dele Alli

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England fans want Jesse Lingard to play ahead of Dele Alli

Manchester United’s midfielder has been excellent this season, whilst the Spurs player has had a mixed campaign.

The international break is over and England manager Gareth Southgate will now be closer toward knowing his first XI for the tournament in Russia. It was a successful experience for many of England’s players, who enhanced their chances of starting in Russia. One such player is Jesse Lingard.

The Manchester United man has been in good form for the club this season and that translated to the international level this week. He scored the winning goal against the Netherlands on Friday night and performed well in the 1-1 draw with Italy at Wembley, getting the assist for Jamie Vardy’s goal.

For Lingard, this was a good international break.

The same cannot be said for Dele Alli. The Tottenham Hotspur man is considered one of the nation’s top players but has not had his best season for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. This week he featured for just 22 minutes against Holland. Alli has not trained as much as Gareth Southgate would like this week because of a nagging injury and he remained on the bench v Italy.

Overall this season, it could be argued that Lingard has been the better player. The United man has scored 14 goals and has four assists this campaign. Alli has less goals, with just 10, but more assists with 13 – so breaking down their statistics offers little reprieve.

However, the argument from many is that Lingard works harder than Alli. The Tottenham man has God-given talent, of that there is no doubt, but sometimes does look almost too nonchalant, too blase, too disinterested in looking like playing football is occasionally hard work.

Lingard is the opposite. He is rampant, boisterous and relentless something Alli can definitely be.

But at the moment it seems Alli might be sitting on the bench at the start of the World Cup…


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  1. James Lipton

    March 27, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    If Kane is up front, then play Dele Alli behind him. They know each other’s game – there’s an almost telepathic link between them. Want Lingard? Fine – partner him with Vardy

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