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Dele Alli after missing open goal.

Dele Alli expected to receive text from Mauricio Pochettino after England game

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Dele Alli scored England's second goal in an uninspiring 2-0 victory over minnows Malta to secure three points in their quest to reach the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia in 2018.

The Tottenham star, who scored in his club's 2-0 win over Manchester City last weekend, added his second goal in a week, poking the ball into the roof of the net after forcing a smart save from the goalkeeper.

Daniel Sturridge had opened the scoring for the Three Lions in Gareth Southgate's first game in charge as interim manager after Sam Allardyce left his post by mutual consent two weeks ago.

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Despite scoring only his second goal for England, Alli had a perfect opportunity to make it three in 14 appearances for his national side in the final few minutes. 

Substitute Marcus Rashford did well to get in behind the left-back before firing a low cross into the box to Alli who, from six-yards out, just had to keep his shot down, but somehow managed to fire over the bar, with the goal gaping.

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That effort summed up England's disappointing performance and after the game, Spurs and England teammate Eric Dier trolled him on Twitter, which you can see below.

But, Dier is the least of Alli's worries, who in a post-match interview, joked that he expected to receive a text from Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino about his miss.

Dele told the media that England “need to be a little bit more clinical” and was asked what “Mr Pochettino” would say about his second half miss.

You can see Alli's post match comments in the video below from 6 minutes 36 seconds.

It was revealed last season that Tottenham's coaching staff have a WhatsApp group with the players that go away on international duty, so Alli would have been anticipating that inevitable message last night.

England now head to Slovenia whom they face on Tuesday, with the expectation of getting another three points on the board.

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Wayne Rooney
Mauricio Pochettino
England Football
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Eric Dier
Tottenham Hotspur
Daniel Sturridge

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