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‘Second most valuable footballer on Earth’ Alli agrees with Southgate that he must do better

Date Posted,August 28, 2017

England’s Dele Alli admits he has “a lot I need to improve on” to become a complete player.

The Tottenham midfielder was named the second most valuable player on the planet — ahead of superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and behind only Neymar — in a recent study.

But Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate won’t let any hype go Alli’s head.

As he assessed England’s life after former skipper Wayne Rooney, Southgate claimed the 21-year-old still has work to do and “is an exciting player, but he’s not a proven player — at the moment, he hasn’t won anything.”

Now, Alli has agreed: “I think there is always room for improvement, with every player.

“Even the best player in the world, I think there’s always something that they could work on and make themselves even better.

“For me, there’s a lot I need to improve on. I feel I have still got to work hard and make sure that I am the complete player. I don’t feel I am yet.

“I am still only 21 so hopefully there’s a lot more time to keep improving and make myself better every day.

“I haven’t seen it (what Southgate said) but I am sure he’s right, whatever he said.”

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