Alli vows to not lose his head at the World Cup… like Beckham did in 1998

Alli vows to not lose his head at the World Cup… like Beckham did in 1998

August 2, 2020 gtfgzpay 0

first_imgDELE ALLI has never seen footage of David Beckham kicking out at the World Cup.He was only two years old when Becks flicked at Diego Simeone and dented England’s hopes of glory in St Etienne.8 Alli is confident that he will keep control of his temper in RussiaCredit: Getty – ContributorBut 20 years on Dele knows how important it is to keep his cool in Russia – and insists he will not let Gareth Southgate down this summer.The Tottenham star is desperately fighting to get into the Three Lions starting line-up for the tournament and his message is clear – he will not let his country down with his temperament.Dele said: “That’s not going to be problem.”Obviously, I’ve done some things before and people seem to thinks that will be a problem, but it’s not.8 David Beckham saw red after a foul on Diego SimeoneCredit: PA:Press Association”I am a big believer in that you have to make mistakes to learn from them and I feel I learned from the things I done before, but it’s not something I worry about at all.”I feel I’ve got everything under control.”HIGHLIGHT REEL Dele joins tournament tradition of going blonde as he shows off new look Dele, 22, has been seen as a soft target for the wind-up merchants since his horror challenge against Gent last year.While Goldenballs’ kick to Simeone was quite tame, Dele’s retaliation was a shocker of a challenge on Brecht Dejaegere.8 Dele Alli has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for RussiaCredit: ReutersBut since then he has erased doubts over discipline and proved himself as a big-game player for Spurs with goals against Real Madrid, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.That still has not been enough to make him a definite starter for Southgate when England face Tunisia in just over a fortnight.Dele was dropped for the friendlies against Holland and Italy during the last international break – and he admitted it hurt.He said: “Obviously every player wants to play and is disappointed when he’s not in the team but, for me, I just have to keep working hard and if I am in the team I need to take that opportunity as much as I can.“But it’s up to the manager to make the decisions on the team and whatever decisions he makes its important that we stick together and everyone fights.“If you are not in the starting XI you are ready to come on and affect the game and help the team.”WHAT THE REFMMA fighter gets DQ’d in Abu Dhabi and tries to fight Brit ref Marc GoddardLIL ISSUEBoris Becker’s estranged wife begs his new girlfriend to ‘step away from my son’RETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraCHOPPER BOTHERJohn Terry ignores hol advice & travels to ‘off-limits’ Portugal by chopperprayer parkHundreds of Muslim worshipers celebrate Eid at Croke Park in historic ceremonyMAC BACK?Conor McGregor hints at stunning UFC comeback with ‘I accept’ postPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old Trafford8 David Beckham protesting his innocence after being given the red cardCredit: PA:Press AssociationBig companies like Pepsi reckon Dele will star in Russia after putting him in an advert with Lionel Messi, Marcelo and Toni Kroos.And he can take heart from England stars emerging at tournaments after starting them on the bench.That was the case for Michael Owen in 1998 and also Becks, who was on his way to being a England regular despite his red card.And it shows how far Dele has come.During the last World Cup he was on pre-season tour with MK Dons in Ireland, scoring against Leinster Senior League outfit St James’ Gate .When he gets on the pitch in Russia he wants to express himself as he did as a kid growing up in Milton Keynes.8 David Beckham and Michael Owen celebrate at the 1998 World CupCredit: AFP – Getty“We played in a concrete cage,” he said.“I used to walk up there with my football and I would ask whoever was up there if I could play.“There was one time the other kids didn’t let me. I don’t know why! But I always used to spend a lot of time there after school.“It was all about having fun, getting nutmegs.”It was what I enjoyed doing and I think it was important as I was getting older that it was always what I enjoyed doing, expressing myself and having fun.“Obviously it’s a lot more serious now but I still like to keep that in my game.8 Alli will be a donning a new hairstyle for the World CupCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd“That’s why we started football, because we loved it. And that’s why people watch it, because you never know what’s going to happen. I like to entertain.”Dele’s memories of World Cups is neighbours watching games and having garden barbeques in Milton Keynes.And now he is heading to biggest tournament as one of the potential stars.“I heard an interview with American artist Russ,” Dele said.“He was asked about his rise and he said it was unbelievable and believable at the same time.“I felt like I could relate to that. There are times when you think ‘this is unbelievable, I’m going to the World Cup to play for England’.8 The Three Lions will face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in the group stagesCredit: Reuters“But at the same time you think this is what I have been working towards the whole time I have been playing football.”At England’s base in Repino, near St Petersburg, Dele will be the player to beat when it comes to the off-the-pitch game the squad play.In France two years ago it was darts, this time it is PlayStation survival game Fortnite, which is compared to the Hunger Games or Lord of the Flies.“Just now we played me, Harry Kane, John Stones and Jamie Vardy against Harry Maguire, Nick Pope, Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier. It was the first to three wins and my team won.“But it’s definitely true that I am the best Fortnite player.”And he is sure any combat will be on a computer game – not on the pitch.8 Dele Alli is still not a definite starter for Gareth Southgate’s sideCredit: ReutersEngland star Dele All leaves pitch to chorus of boos after choosing to play for Three Lions over Nigerialast_img

 

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