Dele Alli promises to keep a cool head in Russian Federation

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur goes down easily in front of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in February

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur goes down easily in front of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in February

England attacking midfielder Dele Alli has promised to not fall foul of new Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations introduced for the World Cup which allow referees to punish players retrospectively for infringements during a match. Players risk being sent off at half-time for any off-the-ball antics, even if it is well away from the eyes of the officials.

Alli is aware that he will fall under particular scrutiny but does not see that as a problem.

Five Tottenham players - captain Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier - are in the England squad, and Adams, who captained the side for several years in the 1990s, said their inability to win a trophy at club level means they do not possess a winning mentality.

"I've made mistakes in the earlier part of my career - you have to make them in order to learn from them".

England midfielder Raheem Sterling was booked for simulation by referee Marco Guida in the friendly against Nigeria at Wembley
England midfielder Raheem Sterling was booked for simulation by referee Marco Guida in the friendly against Nigeria at Wembley

"I've been working hard and you go through a lot of things during the season - ups and downs, physically, and on the field you don't always perform to your full potential - but it's important that I come back hungry and make the starting XI if he has a decision to make". That's just the way it is. I don't think people will be trying to do bad things, and if they do, and they get punished for it, then it's your own fault. We [Tottenham] have got a young team, a young manager, a new stadium - it is a great place to be at the minute.

Dier, who can operate as defender or as a defensive midfielder, has highlighted his Tottenham and England global teammate Alli's defensive qualities.

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"You must be able to handle winning emotionally and mentally and if they don't know how to win it, they aren't going to win it", Adams said.

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United will also be looking to improve on last season's UEFA Champions League form, following their shock round of 16 loss to Sevilla.


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