The Spurs forward experienced first-hand the despondency after England’s Euro 2016 disaster. The feeling couldn’t be more different as their Nations League decider against Croatia looms
The situation for England on Sunday afternoon is somewhat strange, with both sides involved in the summer’s World Cup semi-final now capable of topping their Nations League group above Spain or being relegated to a lower level, though it certainly achieves the objective of providing a competitive fixture. Dele Alli shrugs and smiles. The last couple of years have been odd, full of ups and downs. He is used to it.
“It is a strange one, but it’s another stepping stone for us,” the Tottenham forward says. “Croatia have proved they are a great team, so we know it’s going to be a difficult game, but we are still improving as I think we have shown. Our morale was always high even before the win in Spain, but to post a result like that was a big statement. We know what we are capable of and no one wants to be relegated.”