Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
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Gareth Southgate expects swift return to club action for Dele Alli

Gareth Southgate expects swift return to club action for Dele Alli

"Well, not many England sides have played a World Cup semi-final and a third-v-fourth play-off", Southgate replied testily to the statistic about England's three-match losing run.

England's lack of quality in the middle of the park was highlighted on Saturday night when former World Champions Spain brought their riches of midfield talent to Wembley to dominate England in their UEFA Nations League opener.

'It has been a insane last couple of years for myself, ' the imposing Leicester defender said.

'In my career I haven't really done that so far, so to go out there and play in a World Cup - probably the biggest tournament in the world - and play under the pressures that were there, it gives me a great belief that I can go and have another good season'.

A statement from England's official Twitter account confirmed Alli's departure from St George's Park, and added that no replacement would be called up.

He said: "This summer was an incredible experience for everybody, so they are the games that everyone wants to be involved in".

'Obviously after the World Cup I came back and sat down with the owners and they reiterated what they wanted to do, ' Maguire said.

Tottenham will be desperate to turn over Liverpool on Saturday, but Jürgen Klopp's men will represent a real challenge for Pochettino's side, and having Dele available for selection will be a massive boost to their chances of winning the game.

"I think what is happening at junior level is that there is more emphasis on technical ability". "Everybody has to play a part in that but theclubs own the players and have to do the right thing for themselves".

Maguire is also pleased to see others at Leicester getting recognition, with Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell receiving their first senior call-ups ahead of Tuesday's friendly.

'I am really pleased.

"I have got guys who are going to go into European matches as well, so we have an opportunity to look after players who have given us a lot over the summer".

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