Dele Alli has said being knocked out of the World Cup with England was the most “devastating” feeling of his career so far.
The Tottenham midfielder played 120 minutes as England were eliminated by Croatia in Wednesday’s semi-final.
After struggling with a niggling thigh injury in the early stages of the tournament, Alli returned to fitness and scored England’s second goal against Sweden in the quarter-finals.
But despite nutmegging Luka Modric (not for the first time), Alli failed to make an impact against Croatia and the Three Lions crashed out.
On Thursday, Alli posted a message on Twitter revealing the pain he is feeling after England fell short in Russia.
“I’m devastated that we did not manage to progress to the final,” he wrote. “No feeling has ever compared to this in my career.”
Read the full post below.
— Dele (@dele_official) July 12, 2018
Alli played in an attacking midfield role throughout the tournament and received a little bit of criticism for not being at his absolute best.
For me, Alli is now more of a forward than a midfielder. He is at his best when peeling off the final defender, as we saw for his goal against Sweden.
I think England would have been better off had the 22-year-old partnered Harry Kane up front, with Raheem Sterling in behind. Do you agree? Let me know in the comments.