Dele Alli performs 'secret nutmeg' on Eric Dier during England training

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So life after Sam Allardyce has begun as the England squad met up for the first time since their old manager left by mutual consent last week.

Gareth Southgate has taken the reigns, albeit temporarily, and has the impossible task of trying to get the nation excited about its football team again.

And Dele Alli has been attempting to keep the spirit amongst the players high with a perfectly timed piece of skill on Tottenham teammate Eric Dier during training.

Alli and Dier have formed a close friendship since the former's arrival from MK Dons at the start of last season.

The midfield duo are also equally close when on international duty together, not that it stops them taking the mick out of each other, though.

But on Tuesday, Alli's skill was so subtle that Dier didn't even know it happened.

With Southgate watching on from the sidelines, the team were preparing for a drill during training when the former-Don spotted Dier was about to walk past him.

It gave Alli the briefest of opportunities to attempt a nutmeg on his midfield partner mid-stride.

As you can see in the video below, the 20-year-old could not have timed the trick any better as Dier was looking in the opposite direction when the ball passed through his legs.

Alli was clearly chuffed with the result but - barring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - the rest of the squad hadn't even noticed what had happened.

Tottenham's strong start to the season means there is a good chance Alli could feature against Malta and Slovenia in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Despite the recent managerial upheaval, the Three Lions are still expected to pick up six points against Group F's less fancied minnows.

Wayne Rooney
England Football
Premier League
Eric Dier
Tottenham Hotspur

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