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Dele Alli booed by Nigeria fans at Wembley after choosing to play for England over Super Eagles

Tottenham star has a Nigerian father, but was born in Milton Keynes and lived in the UK since birth

Nigeria fans booed Dele Alli at Wembley because he was playing for England and not them.

The Tottenham star has a Nigerian father, but he was born in England and has lived in the country since birth.

Dele Alli in action against Abdullahi Shehu at Wembley

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Dele Alli in action against Abdullahi Shehu at Wembley

Loud boos echoed around the stadium when Alli touched the ball during the World Cup warm-up match.


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Alli made it clear from the off that he would pursue his international career with the Three Lions.


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He progressed through the youth ranks and made several appearances at Under-17 and Under-18 level.

England fans flocked to Twitter to defend the 22-year-old star, with one stating: “Dele Alli is getting booed for playing for England rather than Nigeria, guys he was born in Milton Keynes.”

 

 

Alli was born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

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Alli was born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

One Twitter user joked that Alli was receiving the barrage of abuse for his new hairstyle.

The 22-year-old’s typically black hair has been flecked with what appears to be dabs of blonde highlights.

Alli did not let the fans get under his skin as he patrolled the midfield for Gareth Southgate’s side, who were 2-0 up by half-time.

Gary Cahill opened the scoring after seven minutes, before Spurs ace Harry Kane doubled the tally.

Dele Alli celebrates England’s second goal with Harry Kane

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Dele Alli celebrates England’s second goal with Harry Kane

In 2016, the England international changed the name on the back of his shirt because he felt “no connection with the Alli surname.”

The Tottenham star has since decided to stick the name ‘Dele’ on his jersey.

Alli races away from Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi

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Alli races away from Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi

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