On Tuesday evening, when the whole of Wembley Stadium arises for the entrance of England v France, the world will have their eyes fixated on the game. Speculation of the French line-up has been circling Social Media, whilst the England team has been kept under wraps. Roy Hodgson may want to rotate the squad slightly, and cast an eye on those who are usually on the bench for the national side, in particular Eric Dier and Dele Alli, two Tottenham Hotspur boys, amongst those pushing for a start.
On the back of the comments made by Danny Murphy in midweek about Dier and Alli “not being ready” for the senior side, it got me thinking about some players and their readiness for the national squad, and how you can actually tell when they’re ready to represent their nation.
As Spurs have shown this season, if you put faith in top young stars, they can repay you and many will agree that youth is the way forward for England. With Terry, Cole, Ferdinand, Lampard and Gerrard all gone, England will need to replace those players with youth, and I can’t help but look at Dier and Alli for the centre of the park. Two young, hungry and incredibly talented players, who have played for the Under-21’s and not just leapfrogged that stage and jumped straight into the senior squad, yet that isn’t good enough for some? For some, they are the epitome of how “easy” is it to get a call-up.
This season is Dier’s first in midfield, and Alli’s first season in the Premier League, after spending his whole career in League One with the Milton Keynes Dons. The boys clearly have talent, but with the mentality of “their too young”, they will probably have their international career hampered.
Imagine what would have happened to Manchester United if they were criticized for fielding the Class of ’92? They were good enough for the first team, and age never mattered to Sir Alex Ferguson, so what makes Roy Hodgson above that? If someone is good enough for the England squad, then why can’t they start in the first team?
Michael Carrick is a great player, but as he showed against Spain, he just isn’t up to the pace of top international teams. With James Milner injured, and no one really in line to step up into the team, why not play Dier and Alli? It’s worth seeing how the guys can do on the international stage.
I’m sure every Tottenham fan will want to see our boys in the England squad, and I know that we all believe that Dele Alli and Eric Dier can make it at the highest level. Besides, on a personal level, I want a boy from Milton Keynes become a key player for the England team!