England manager Roy Hodgson strongly rejected claims it can be becoming also simple to represent the national team following Dele Alli’s debut.
Former England international Jamie Carragher believes it has under no circumstances been easier to win a cap below Hodgson inside the wake of Alli’s international bow right after just three Premier League starts for Tottenham.
Alli, 19, came off the bench and played two minutes as England defeated Estonia 2-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying on Friday.
Hodgson, who has employed 31 players throughout England’s qualifying campaign, insisted that’s not the case.
“You need to be careful with that argument simply because it is not a predicament where, the moment you kick the ball properly from A to B, you will get inside the England group,” Hodgson mentioned ahead of Monday’s clash in Lithuania. “It’s not like that at all.
“If you do make an impact as a young player, after which you can find loads of injuries inside the first-team [you will get a chance].
“I said to Dele Alli that he’s right here on merit, and he can deal with the pressures, but I did say to him that there is a fantastic likelihood you are going to be using the under-21s next time.
“I told him ‘don’t believe you’re a senior player. You’re an England player, but irrespective of whether you happen to be in the seniors or within the under-21s remains to be seen’.
“If he turns out to become 1 of the finest players inside the Premier League this season, you’ll all want him in for the finals.”