Dele Alli caused quite the stir on Monday night when he was caught giving a middle finger gesture during England's 2-1 victory over Slovakia at Wembley.
Initially, there was plenty of confusion surrounding who the gesture was intended for.
Was it Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel after some rough tactics? The referee? A fan?
When Gareth Southgate was asked about the incident in his post-match interview but he insisted he hadn’t seen it. However, after speaking to the Spurs midfielder in the dressing room, he discovered the finger was meant for former teammate and now Man City full-back, Kyle Walker.
“Dele and Kyle Walker were messing about and Dele made [the] gesture towards Kyle,” Southgate said. “They have strange way of communicating!”
Alli then took to social media to clear up the situation himself and confirmed what his international boss had stated.
“Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker!” he wrote. “Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite.”
While Walker may not have got his licks in at the time, the full-back posted a brilliant tweet on Tuesday morning to make up for the delay. Take a look below:
Alli and Walker are close friends from their time together at White Hart Lane and it's nothing but light-hearted banter on both sides - even now that Walker has signed for title rivals Man City.
England are now five points clear at the top of Group F in World Cup qualifying following their laboured victory over Slovakia and they are one win away from securing their place in Russia next year.
With games against Slovenia and Lithuania left for the Three Lions, one has to imagine Gareth Southgate will get his troops over the line.
Goals from Eric Dier and wonderkid Marcus Rashford got the job done for England.
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