The English football team completed its best efforts to uphold the reputation of the international break; no one is excited, no one is rushing out of work to get the best seats for kick-off, it’s a burden; we’re surprised 67,823 people even made the journey to Wembley to watch the Three Lions.
Excuse the negativity, but a sluggish 2-1 victory over Slovakia – who could have leapfrogged England with a win at Wembley – is hardly the sort of exciting result to galvanize any form of optimism heading to Russia 2018.
With the ever so predictable Three Lions failing to impress, the main talking point after the game was Tottenham’s Dele Alli’s bizarre gesture in the 76th-minute:
New Dele Alli wave is good ?? pic.twitter.com/SbEmB2Qcr0
— Reeeeeeeeeedo (@SReed_1) September 4, 2017
In usual footballing fashion, the player has turned to social media to try and excuse himself from the situation to avoid any action taken by FIFA
“Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite,”
— Dele Alli
You’ve been frustrated in the game, and your emotions have got the better of you at not winning a foul from Game of Thrones’ very own Night King, Martin Škrtel. Alli was fouled, but his petulance has potentially got him a ban from international football.
It’s so obvious the gesture is at the referee as it is made in the direction towards the official, as well as the Spurs man having a word with the ref as he’s leaving the field of play.
It’s just all too coincidental that it was made towards former teammate, and ‘best bud’ Walker; easy to place the blame on the fellow Englishman following Walker’s snake-esque antics over the summer.
Make of the footage what you will, but Alli’s track record and the footage itself seems too conclusive; the Englishman now looks set to be on the end of a hefty ban from the powers that be.