Darren Anderton: Gareth Southgate will pick Dele Alli over Jesse Lingard

by Marwan Harraz

Darren Anderton has claimed that Jesse Lingard will be dropped in favour of Dele Alli in certain situations as the debate rages on about who should start for England.

The two playmakers are quite similar in their style and so fans started a debate about who should be in the starting XI.

Lingard’s even addressed it by claiming the pair can play together and it doesn’t have to be a case of one over the other.

However, Anderton feels that because of how attacking the two are, one could be dropped against bigger opposition to give better solidity and that it would be the United man to lose his place.

Jesse’s versatility though could come in handy for him as he’s capable of playing in more positions than Alli is.

According to Football London, Darren said to Bwin: “I would like to see both Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard start at the World Cup. I think Alli is a big-game player and the games don’t get bigger than the World Cup.

“He’s perhaps had a quieter season than the previous year, but he’s still a star in the making. Lingard had a very good season at Manchester United.

“He’s taken the bull by the horns and he’s been their main man at times. He’s in good form and you need players in form if you’re to reach the latter stages.

“I think England will drop one of them when we play the better opposition so that we’re more defensively sound.

“Southgate will take into account the relationship that Alli has with Kane while they’re at Tottenham and that will give him the edge over Lingard.”

There’s no hiding behind the fact that Dele is the player with more potential than Lingard, particularly with the latter already past his ‘development’ years.

The Tottenham star is still considered a youngster in many respects while the Red Devils star is at a stage in his career where he needs to be producing the goods.

It’s a credit to Jesse that he’s managed to do so last season and is part of an England squad that’s travelled for the World Cup when he was nowhere near the squad that went the last time around.

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