Lee Dixon criticised for making Dele Alli-Mesut Ozil comparison

England may have come away from Signal Iduna Park with a loss but Gareth Southgate can be relatively satisfied with what he saw on Wednesday night.

Lukas Podolski’s long-range strike in the second half was the only difference between the two sides in a game which felt more like a testimonial than a competitive friendly.

One of the big positives Southgate can take away from the Germany defeat was the performance of Dele Alli.

Given licence to roam behind Jamie Vardy, the Tottenham star looked dangerous and linked up particularly well with Adam Lallana in tight pockets of space.

Alli also had one of the best opportunities to break the deadlock in the first half after being played through by Vardy, only to fire his shot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Even before a ball had been kicked last night, ITV’s pundits had been praising the 20-year-old’s development at Spurs.

Ex-Arsenal defender Lee Dixon then made a comment that dropped many a jaw around the country by comparing Alli to current Gunners star Mesut Ozil.

The German playmaker was ruled out of Podolski’s farewell match through injury and Dixon appeared to suggest that Alli’s ‘nasty streak’ made him a better player than Ozil.

“He’s playing in the first team long-term because he’s doing something right,” said Dixon, as per The Mirror.

“The fact that he’s come into the Tottenham team and they’re building a team around him, his talent is limitless.

“If [Mesut Ozil] had half of what Dele Alli has got, that nasty streak, he would be ten times a better player than he is because he hasn’t got what Dele Alli has.”

Not exactly what you would expect a former Arsenal star to say about a Tottenham player is it?

As you would expect, Dixon’s comments drew plenty of criticism on social media. Here is the best reaction on Twitter:


Ozil wasn’t the only German Dixon targetted for criticism, though. The ex-England international was also heavily sceptical on the extent of the celebrations put on to honour Podolski’s retirement.

Have a heart Dixon, it was his last game!

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