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Jordan Pickford and Dele Alli shake hands after the challenge.

Alan Shearer reacts on Twitter after Jordan Pickford's horror challenge on Dele Alli

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Tottenham underlined their title credentials with a stunning 6-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

Everton actually opened the proceedings when Theo Walcott scored after 21 minutes.

But, Spurs quickly levelled through Son Heung-min and would open up a 4-1 advantage shortly after half-time with further goals from Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.

Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back for Everton in the 51st minute, but Son and Kane would both net their second goals of the game to complete the romp for the away side.

Jordan Pickford had a quite horrendous day.

He was at fault for Tottenham's first when he rushed out of his goal and collided with Kurt Zouma.

And he was arguably at fault for Spurs' second goal when he parried Son's effort straight into the path of Alli.

But, his worst moment of the half came when he produced a quite horrendous challenge on Alli seconds before the break.

The passage of play had already been ruled out for offside, but Pickford came out and lunged with two feet at Alli.

Fortunately for Pickford, Alli did not go to ground and didn't react at all to the tackle.

He then even shook hands with his England teammate afterwards.

Fair play to him. He could easily have gone down and got Pickford a red card.

Jordan Pickford dives in on Dele Alli

As for Pickford, that is just disgusting. Frustration clearly got the better of him in the first half and he reacted with an awful challenge.

Alan Shearer summed up his challenge perfectly, writing on Twitter: "Disgusting challenge by @JPickford1 on @dele_official.

"Should have been a red card. Pickford lucky Dele didn't react. #EVETOT"

Very lucky indeed, Jordan. Shearer is spot on there. 

Not only is it disgusting, he may well have been given his marching orders had Alli gone to ground.

Despite getting away with it at the time, he may well be staring at a retrospective ban for that challenge.

Dele Alli was taken off at half-time against Everton

Unfortunately for Alli, he was then subbed at half-time after sustaining an injury from that tackle.

Mauricio Pochettino admitted he did not see the challenge in his interview after the game.

"I didn’t see [Pickford challenge]," he said, per footballlondon.com. "I am curious to see the action.

"I didn’t want to say because I’ve not seen the video. It was a tough action. We hope it’s not a big issue."

Topics:
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Jordan Pickford
Christian Eriksen
Dele Alli
Harry Kane
Kurt Zouma
Mauricio Pochettino
England Football
Premier League
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Theo Walcott
Tottenham Hotspur
Everton

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