Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches

first_imgGareth Southgate’s side will play for the first time since the tournament when they kick-off their UEFA Nations League campaign against Spain on Saturday night at Wembley – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT from 19:45. Alli made four appearances at the World Cup, scoring one goal There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it Alli picked up a worrying injury during England’s World Cup opener GETTING READY England star Dele Alli says he was given a “lucky charm” bracelet by a taxi driver in Russia – before discovering the injury he sustained at the beginning of the World Cup was not as bad as first feared.Alli, 22, had a tense 45-minute journey from England’s base camp in Repino to a St Petersburg hospital the day after hurting his thigh during England’s 2-1 victory over Tunisia. sad day Speaking in July, he said: “Now you might’ve noticed there’s tape on my knee.“That’s a superstition as well. I don’t like taking it off.“I took it off for the first game (against Tunisia) – this is a bit of a silly superstition – but that was the first game in ages I haven’t had it on, and I got injured, so I’m going to be keeping it on again.“Yeah it is getting out of control. It’s a bit crazy.”Whether it was down to Alli’s superstitions or not, there is a new found confidence in the national team as England reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1990. Latest England News GETTY ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp In an interview with the Evening Standard, Alli said: “As I got out, the taxi driver gave me a bracelet and said it was good luck.”And the bracelet seemed to have the desired effect with scans showing Alli had just a thigh strain.He missed England’s remaining group games against Panama and Belgium, however, the Spurs player playedin England’s knockout games against Colombia, Sweden and Croatia.Alli added: “So I’ve kept it. I don’t wear it but I keep it in my washbag.” Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania preparation RIP LEGEND have a look Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death Alli and co. face Spain on Saturday evening The bracelet is one of a number of rituals and lucky charms Alli likes to have in place in preparation for matches.These include an eight-minute ice bath on the eve of a game and taping his left knee regardless of injury. He has also worn the same shinpads he has owned since he was 11-years-old.Alli said in July: “Yeah I have a lot of superstitions. There are so many.“I do all my right leg first, then all my left leg.“I have an eight-minute ice-bath the night before. I don’t know why, it’s just a superstition.“Then I always say a prayer, the same prayer, before.” Second is best Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 explained 3 England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 3 TALENT 3last_img

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