Dele Alli’s rise to prominence has been nothing short of incredible in the eyes of football fans, regardless of where their allegiances lie.
The 20-year-old has racked up 34 Premier League appearances for Tottenham since making his debut in August 2015 against Manchester United, no less.
His surge to the top continued soon after in November with a goal to couple his first senior appearance for England against France at Wembley – hardly a bad way to introduce yourself on the international stage.
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But for all his displays of sublime technique and wonder strikes for club and country, it has not always been plain sailing for the former MK Dons starlet.
Alli has previously fluffed his lines when presented with seemingly easy scoring opportunities, but he may have produced the worst miss of his career to date against Malta on Saturday evening.
While the Spurs midfielder tucked home England’s second in an otherwise assured performance, he somehow passed up the chance to make it 3-0 with the goal at his mercy.
His horrendous miscue was never going to escape the attention of club colleague Eric Dier – whom with Alli has shared a fair share of banter on social media.
Dier was left red-faced earlier this week after the official England Twitter account posted a video of Alli nutmegging him as he obliviously strolled past in training.
Eager to get some form of revenge, the ex-Sporting Lisbon star made sure to poke fun at his teammate following his shock miss while on international duty.
In response to the video, Dier compared the cheeky panna to the close-range blunder, writing on Twitter: “How come you can do that from 4 yards but miss a whole goal from 2?”
This kind of exchange is unlikely to be the last between the Tottenham duo – especially if Alli continues to make teammates look silly on the training pitch, or fire wide of open goals for that matter.