Roy Hodgson delighted with Dele Alli’s faultless display for England
Dele Alli shines for England during emotional friendly match against France
November 18th, 2015
While it should be noted that this was a French team playing at half-tilt on Tuesday night, Roy Hodgson described England’s display as one of the best since he took charge of the national team.
The Three Lions have often experienced problems breaking teams down at Wembley although they were largely in control of this match, especially after Dele Alli let fly from range to beat club team-mate Hugo Lloris.
Alli was the game’s outstanding performer and deservedly earned the man of the match award, with England running out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from the youngster and captain Wayne Rooney.
After the match, Hodgson was full of praise for a player who appears to be pencilled on to that plane going to France in the summer, with the manager unsurprised by the level of performance from someone so young.
“It was as close to a faultless performance as you can get,” said Hodgson. “I did not think he was anything other than top class, it is amazing at that age to have no previous experience and to go in and do what he did tonight was quite outstanding. He will obviously get a lot of praise for that performance, and he deserves a lot of praise.
“I was not surprised as if I did not believe he could play like that, I would not have chosen him. Do not forget he is only 19, he has only played a handful of games, this is his first start and it would be nice if he gets to learn the game without too much glare.”
Hodgson described the England v France match as a poignant occasion which saw both coaches and Prince William lay flowers on the Wembley turf, while there was also a minute’s applause and a minute’s silence before the game kicked off.