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Spurs midfielder Alli hoping to be England 'entertainer'

Alli scored in Gareth Southgate's first match as England manager. Credit: PA

Dele Alli hopes he can become England's entertainer under Gareth Southgate.

The Tottenham midfielder was restored to the starting XI against Malta by the newly-installed interim manager and repaid that faith with his first competitive goal in a 2-0 win at Wembley.

The 20-year-old could not add to his tally as the visitors, ranked 176th in the world, held on in a second-half stalemate but enjoyed his time in the number 10 role.

He has not always been trusted in that position in his brief international career but could establish himself as a key creative force during Southgate's four-game stint.

The former Middlesbrough manager has said he wants his England team to be a brave and dynamic one and Alli appears to fit the bill.

He said:

(Can I be) the entertainer? I hope so.

I like to enjoy the game and to have fun and express myself as much as I can. That's the kind of thing that Gareth was saying to us before the game. So it suited me well. Obviously I'm happy to get the goal and maybe I could have got a few more.

I just enjoyed every minute of it. I've always been looking to get goals and assists and to do that I need to be higher up the pitch. I missed a few chances but I'll put that behind me and keep on improving."

– England and Spurs midfielder Dele Alli