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England need Dele-ctable Alli at the World Cup

Former Tottenham Hotspur great David Ginola questioned his consistency, while former referee Graham Poll described him as someone who dives and "can't stop cheating".

England manager Gareth Southgate gave him just 22 minutes in the 1-0 win over the Netherlands and none in the 1-1 draw against Italy last week, preferring Manchester United's Jesse Lingard in the playmaker's role instead.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2018, with the headline 'England need Dele-ctable Alli at the World Cup'. Print Edition | Subscribe