Pundit claims Dele Alli deserves England captaincy

After Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from England duty, many wondered who would replace him as captain of the national side.

The Three Lions have played twice since Rooney walked away, and they are due to play their final World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania in the coming days and still do not have a permanent skipper.

Manager Gareth Southgate has given the armband to Jordan Henderson and Harry Kane on separate occasions.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has not given his backing to either candidate, but rather to Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.

The player is only 21 years of age and made his senior England debut in 2015, but Collymore feels that the former MK Dons player has all the attributes to take on the role.

In The Mirror, the football pundit wrote:

“I know he can be spiteful, he can be antsy and that even his manager Mauricio Pochettino had a little pop the other day. But this is the boy who needs making into a man and if Gareth Southgate were to make him captain ahead of the World Cup finals we’d see the boy fly.

“Some of you will say the captaincy would take away some of his flare but that’s utter tosh and I’m sick of players being mollycoddled. Responsibility isn’t a bad thing, it’s a great thing, and while Harry Kane is getting on with scoring the goals Alli could be marshalling the team from midfield.

“He could lead England into the next two or three tournaments — he really is the outstanding choice.”

A large number of football fans disagreed with Collymore, with many questioning Alli’s maturity.

The Tottenham star will be unable to feature in England’s qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday as he will be serving a one-match ban for swearing with a middle-finger salute in the nation’s previous match.