Dele Alli is now England’s youngest goalscorer at a World Cup since Michael Owen but the Nigerian-born star is still not totally happy with himself in Russia.

Alli has admitted he is not happy with his overall performance against Sweden, despite notching England’s second goal to get them to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

The 21-year-old has been one of the biggest targets of criticism despite the success of his side, but manager Gareth Southgate has stood by him and Alli wants to now show his best with sterner tests to come.

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“When you look at it like that. It is great [to be the youngest scorer since Owen], but the most important thing is the team today,” Alli said at the Cosmos Arena.

“As a player you want to score goals. As an attacking player, you do get frustrated but I knew it would come. I knew I would get a chance. When it comes, it was important that I took it.  Yes, I think so. As a team we are playing well though.

"I don’t think that I personally played that great… As I say, you have those games, but thankfully the team was resilient and defended well. The players around me were good.

Going into the Croatia semi final game, Alli says he hopes to step up his game the more.


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