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Dele Alli's England boost delights Spurs coach Pochettino

Monaco 1-1 Tottenham

By Simon Peach

Mauricio Pochettino's fears that England recognition would be too soon for Dele Alli have been allayed by Roy Hodgson, with the Tottenham head coach saying he backs and respects the decision.

The subject of the 19-year-old receiving a maiden senior call-up was broached last week, leading the former Argentina international to express his concerns.

Alli was still playing in League One for MK Dons just five months ago and only has six top-flight appearances to his name, with Pochettino warning that the national team need to "be careful with the younger players".

Hodgson clearly believes the midfielder is ready, though, and called him up for the upcoming Euro 2016 fixtures against Estonia and Lithuania.

Alli produced another impressive display hours later in Monaco as Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw in the Europa League - after which Pochettino said Hodgson had called to reassure him.

"This is good news for us today and for him and we are all happy," the Spurs head coach said. "It is good for him and for Tottenham after. It is done and the decision is always for the manager. Roy Hodgson called me, sent a text and said he will look after him. It's not a problem and in the end every single player is different.

"He has a very good character, is very mature and how he plays is how he is.

"The most important thing is we have a very good relationship with Roy and we need to look after the player all together to look after him and his career." Erik Lamela tapped home after he started the move with some wonderful skill, only for Stephan El Shaarawy to level as the match came to a close.

"We lost two points," Pochettino added. "This is our feeling because (in the) second half we were better. The first half was 50-50 and they created some chances, but the second half we had some chances and they created some chances."

MONACO: Subasic, Tavares, Raggi, Carvalho (Dirar 76), Coentrão, Moutinho, Toulalan, Lemar (El Shaarawy 60), Bernardo Silva, Traoré (Carrillo 68), Traoré.

Goal: El Shaarawy 84

Subs not used: Fortuna dos Santos, Bakayoko, Nardi, Pasalic.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Alli, Lamela (N'Jie 65), Eriksen (Carroll 90), Chadli (Townsend 70), Kane. Goal: Lamela 35

Not used: Vorm, Fazio, Wimmer, Winks.

Man of the match: xxx

Match rating: 6/10

Ref: Artur Dias Soares (Portugal)

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