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Frank Lampard Explains Why Dele Alli Hasn’t Started For Everton

Frank Lampard says Dele Alli hasn’t started a game for Everton yet because he’s focused on Premier League survival and the ‘collective’ of the group.

Lampard was asked about the England international ahead of Sunday’s clash with Brentford and he explained: “I have had those discussions with him, he’ll be very clear as to where I am and at the moment I’m much more concerned about the collective getting over the line as a group.

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“If Dele plays his part in these three games then great and he steps up as he’s come on at times and done good things for us.

“It’s an area of the squad where we have other players who have been playing, that’s just the reality of the situation. He needs to just keep training hard and stay really well focused and fight for the opportunity.”

Everton are still in a relegation battle and sit in 16th, but they’re unbeaten in their last three and have collected seven points out of nine.

They’ve also got a game in hand on Leeds United, who currently occupy the final relegation place.

Dele was once regarded as one of English football’s top talents and he burst onto the scene with Spurs after joining from League One side MK Dons in 2015.

Thought to be a signing for the future, Mauricio Pochettino thrust the youngster into the first team and he won PFA Young Player of the Year two seasons on the trot.

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He’d also nail down a place in the England national team and play a part at Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.

He’d fail to regain his starting spot under successors Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte, with the club finally deciding to let him go in January.

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