England may have suffered a 1-0 defeat to Germany last night courtesy of an incredible strike from retiring Mannschaft icon Lukas Podolski, but there was plenty of positives for Gareth Southgate to take from an energetic and entertaining ninety minutes in Dortmund.
Not least including a fantastic performance from young midfielder Dele Alli, deemed the Man of the Match by many due to his presence at the heart of virtually every Three Lions attack and general quality shown around the final third.
But England lined up in a new-look 3-4-2-1 formation that partnered the Tottenham man alongside Liverpool’s Adam Lallana, who was equally pivotal to England’s promising display.
Indeed, as our infographic shows, Lallana was a relentless threat, with two shots, three created chances and five balls whipped into the box – two of which found their target. But he also chipped in off the ball, producing one tackle and one interception throughout the ninety minutes.
It shows England fans shouldn’t simply be excited about Alli’s progress on the international stage; the real positive going forward is the Alli and Lallana partnership behind England’s front-man.