Last night’s friendly in Dortmund provided plenty of evidence that Gareth Southgate is taking England in the right direction.
Although the Three Lions return from Germany on the end of a defeat due to Lukas Podolski’s result-deciding piledriver from long range, England produced a strong performance in their Chelsea-inspired 3-4-2-1 setup – wreaking real havoc for the opposition defence in the first half.
Crucial in that was Dele Alli, who took one of the attacking midfield slots behind lone front-man Jamie Vardy. He finished up with four efforts at goal, one created chance and three successful dribbles to his name.
Accordingly, Football FanCast’s readers voted him England’s Man of the Match in our exclusive poll earlier today.
And the Tottenham Hotspur star has shared his thoughts on England’s performance via Twitter, claiming it was a disappointing result but one that has given Southgate’s side plenty to build on.
— Dele (@Dele_Alli) March 22, 2017
England are back in action on Sunday, when they host Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley.