Dele Alli: Former Tottenham Star Opens up On Plans to Make Surprise Comeback for England

Dele Alli: Former Tottenham Star Opens up On Plans to Make Surprise Comeback for England

Rene Otinga
updated at April 16, 2024 at 6:21 AM
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  • Dele Alli intends to make the England World Cup squad in 2026
  • The midfielder opened up on the steps he is taking to regain his form
  • His last featured in a match when he was on loan at Besiktas

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Former Tottenham star Dele Alli is a man on a mission.

The midfielder recently revealed his ambitious intentions of making England’s World Cup squad.

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Dele Alli during the UEFA Euro 2016 Group B match between Slovakia and England at Stade Geoffroy Guichard on June 20 in St Etienne, France. Photo by Craig Mercer.
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When he emerged as a promising youngster in 2016, Alli was a regular in the England squad, featuring in the Euro 2016 and the World Cup in Russia, two years later.

But a combination of factors, including injuries and mental health struggles, saw the former Tottenham star drastically fall from grace.

Alli previously opened up to Gary Neville about his childhood traumas and how the pressures of being a professional footballer caught up with him, forcing him into rehab in a bid to get his mental health in order.

His spell at Everton has been underwhelming, as he continues to struggle to achieve full fitness for Sean Dyche.

In the meantime, the 28-year-old is taking up other roles and made his debut on Monday Night Football, analysing Chelsea's performance against Everton.

During the show, the midfielder opened up on the extreme measures he has taken to get back to the top of his game. This includes having a reminder about the next World Cup, which is two years away.

“I spoke about it in my interview and don't want to go over it too much again – but I know my level as a player and what I can get to,” he said, per BBC.
"People will be like 'he hasn't played in a year' but that's my aim. I know where my level is."

Alli’s Everton spell

Alli’s first step towards becoming a strong contender for the England squad will be getting regular minutes for his club Everton.

After joining the Toffees in 2022, is hoping to make a full return to first-team training by the end of the season.

According to Transfermarkt, his last appearance was for Besiktas when he was on loan, but that spell was cut short due to a hip injury.

Fan correctly predicts Chelsea match

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported on a curious incident that saw a football fan correctly predict the Chelsea game against Everton.

The Londoners ran out comfortable 6-0 winners, with Cole Palmer netting four goals.

On X, formerly Twitter, a user somehow tipped the Blues to win by the exact score line.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.