Dele Alli has the swagger of a Brazilian, says Roberto Carlos

Dele Alli: I would never say never to anything but it's a great time to play for Spurs

Dele Alli: I would never say never to anything but it's a great time to play for Spurs

And in a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia he appeared to direct a middle finger at the referee (he claimed it was aimed at Kyle Walker) and was subsequently banned for one match.

But the midfielder, who despite his reputation has only ever been sent off once in three seasons for Spurs (a Europa League tie), insists he has learned from his mistakes. Referees will have the power to take action at half-time, for example, if they are made aware of an incident from the opening 45 minutes. You have to stay concentrated and you can't do stupid things. "I'll just be myself, the way I always am". "But if you look at my record, I have definitely learned from my mistakes", the 22-year-old said, according to the Sun. I've got everything under control.

"We all know football is developing, and we had a couple of games [at Tottenham] where VAR played a part, but we have to be open to change, especially in any way it can help the game as far as possible", Alli said.

The former left-back believes Brazil are once again among the leading contenders to triumph in Russian Federation this summer, and feels England are one of the sides in contention behind them.

The World Cup kicks off this week and that means we're going to have to wall to wall coverage of the globe's biggest sporting event for the next month or so.

Dele Alli meanwhile has said that he is not anxious by FIFA's new rules, that will be in effect at this tournament, whereby referees can penalise players retrospectively within a game, thanks to the use of VAR.

"Everyone wants to play and the manager has to pick 11 when there are 23 to choose from, so I'm just one of many people who want to be in the team". "For my whole time at Milton Keynes I was playing there and it wasn't really until I signed for Tottenham that I started playing in the number 10 role, a bit higher up the pitch, so it's not something I'm new to".

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