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Dele Alli brace secures first Spurs win at Stamford Bridge in 28 years

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Dele Alli scored a braced for Tottenham Hotspurs to helped his team rally from a goal down and win at Chelsea for the first time in 28 years.

While Alvaro Morata headed in Victor Moses’ cross to give the hosts the lead, Christian Eriksen hit a stunning equaliser on the stroke of half-time as his dipping effort from 25 yards caught out Blues keeper Willy Caballero and dropped just under the bar.

Alli then putt Tottenham ahead just after the hour mark when he produced a sublime first touch to bring Eric Dier’s long ball under control before slotting beyond Caballero.

The England midfielder was well-placed four minutes later to stab in following a goalmouth scramble to wrap up a win that moves fourth-placed Tottenham eight points clear of Chelsea, who are fifth.

Before the game, Spurs held a horrible record at Stamford Bridge in the league, losing 18 of their 27 games since a late Gary Lineker header secured a 2-1 win in February 1990.

Initially, it looked as if their miserable run would continue as, despite dominating possession, they fell behind to Alvaro Morata’s goal.

But Eriksen’s goal was all they needed to rally, and it was also the perfect response by Alli after a disappointing couple of weeks with England on international duty — after failing to make an impact in a 22-minute substitute appearance in the 1-0 win against the Netherlands and was then left on the bench for the 1-1 draw with Italy.

“I’m very, very pleased,” said Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino of his key midfielder. “It’s been a tough period for him, but for no doubt about his talent, his character. He’s a fighter; very competitive.”

“If he doesn’t play for the international team he needs to fight and win trust and confidence again. (But) In the end, he’s a great talent, only 21 years old, and sometimes we lose the focus on that.”

Mauricio Pochettino claims overanalysing “kills” the game

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Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Dele Alli deserved to be booked for diving at Liverpool on Sunday but also claims that overanalysing every controversy would kill the game.

The Tottenham Hotspur manager made no excuses for Alli, who went down under zero contact inside the Liverpool penalty area during the 2-2 draw, making it three occasions in which the midfielder received a yellow card for diving in his two-and-a-half season Premier League career.

However, Pochettino dismissed it as a minor issue while he made the point that football was “about trying to trick your opponent” one way or another — whether it be with a step-over, a tactical tweak or even a dive, which were a part of the game. Still, he maintained that when a player was rumbled — as Alli was against Liverpool — he had to be punished by the referee but that should be the end of the matter.

“It was a yellow card,” Pochettino said. “It happens. During different games, a lot of situations like this happen. The problem now is we are so sensitive about the situation. And then we are so focused on Dele Alli.”

“The referee was right and perfect. It was a yellow card and nothing [else]. It’s too much sometimes. There is such a focus on this type of situation. I think it’s a minimal issue.”

“Dele is not perfect. Nobody is perfect,” added Pochettino. “He is a clever boy. He is a little bit nasty. Football is a creative sport in which you need the talent that grows in a very intelligent person, a very smart brain. But the problem today is that, more than this type of situation, I am worried we are going to change the game we know.”

“We are so focused on minimal details. I am worried that in a few years, the sport we love and that people love to watch around the world, will be pushed into a very rigid, structured thing — with the VAR and with being focused too much on the small actions like this.”

England reaches Russia World Cup finals with Harry Kane winner

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England captain Harry Kane scored an injury-time winner to secure qualification for next summer’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory against Slovenia at Wembley.

Kane stretched out to nudge in Kyle Walker’s cross for his 14th goal in his past nine games to finally break down Slovenia’s tough resistance as they looked likely to hold out for a point.

Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling almost broke the deadlock before Kane made his breakthrough, but the hosts must also be grateful to goalkeeper Joe Hart — whose selection into the team came under much criticism — for some crucial interventions that also earned him the official man-of-the-match award. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

While England carry a forward threat in the shape of Kane and Rashford — who will both be supported by the likes Dele Alli when he is free from suspension — the team still looks lacking in inspiration and creativity in front of goal that all but permits nothing but low expectations for Gareth Southgate’s squad in the coming summer.

It was only Kane who provided the single moment of quality that saved England the blushes this time around. In what was his first time skippering for England, his goal saved the team from potentially vicious feedback against a largely forgettable performance.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alli’s replacement for the night, was unable to repay Southgate’s faith in him and thus it came hardly a surprise when he was replaced by Jesse Lingard after 64 minutes.

Although his coach has shown great belief in him by starting him against Malta and Slovakia in past qualifiers, his struggles were clear with a scarcity of confidence despite making distinct efforts to help his team in front of one and all.

Still, Gareth Southgate is clear in the belief of his selection of a group of young players. “As a young team and having to deal with the expectation and criticism of their performances, it is tough for them,” he said.

“They are giving everything they’ve got. They don’t have Champions League winning medals between them. We have to give them the belief and the backing to help them achieve. It’s not a relief, I always thought we’d achieve the objective [of qualifying]. Tonight highlighted where we are. We are not going to become Spain in the next eight months.”

Football Association to defend Dele Alli over one-finger salute

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The Football Association (FA) has shown support to Dele Alli in the belief that they can prove the Tottenham midfielder was not directing a one-finger salute at the referee in England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Slovakia on Monday

Alli, 21, was caught on camera gesturing his middle finger immediately after the French official, Clement Turpin, had waved away his appeals for a free-kick 13 minutes from time in the win against Slovakia at Wembley.

The player subsequently told his manager, Gareth Southgate, that the gesture had been made towards his former club-mate, Kyle Walker.

“Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele’s made a gesture towards Kyle,” explained Southgate on Monday. “The pair of them have a strange way of communicating, but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.”

Alli reiterated that explanation for his actions on Twitter late on Monday night, also apologising on said tweet “for any offence caused”, with Walker also suggesting on social media that he had seen the funny side of the incident, as well as one long-distance camera angle of the incident appears to support Alli’s version of events.

The FA also indicated that they will support Alli if contacted by Fifa about the incident. Members of the organization has already unearthed a closer camera shot, which has not been made public, which would back up Alli’s explanation and, if requested, will make it available to world football’s governing body in an attempt to prevent Alli being sanctioned.

However, FIFA indicated on Tuesday that it was “gathering evidence” before deciding whether or not to launch an investigation.

The world football governing body could also charge the 21-year-old with acting against the spirit of the game, an offence which most likely carry a fine or, at worst, a short suspension.