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Did Jordan Pickford deserve a red card for this horror tackle on Dele Alli?

The Everton goalkeeper seemed to injure his England colleague with a nasty two-footed tackle just before halftime

It’s fair to say that Jordan Pickford had an absolute stinker in Everton’s match against Spurs this evening.

Not only did he concede SIX goals in an error-strewn run-out at Goodison Park, but he nearly broke Dele Alli’s leg in a pretty nasty challenge that probably should’ve resulted in a red card.

Dele Alli was taken off injured at half-time during Spurs vs Everton

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Dele Alli was taken off injured at half-time during Spurs vs Everton

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Right before the halftime break and with the score at 3-1 to Spurs, Alli was sent through on goal but was quickly flagged for offside by the linesman.

But just before the referee could blow his whistle, Pickford went two-footed into his England colleague in an attempt to win the ball, but instead clattered into his right leg.

Alli limped away with both legs intact but in some discomfort, while the ref simply gave Pickford a stern telling off and nothing more.

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Afterwards, the pair could be seen chatting and it was clear the goalie felt bad for his challenge.

But as the teams walked out for the second-half, it was announced that Erik Lamela would come off the bench to replace Alli, suggesting the tackle had done some damage.

Spurs face an anxious wait to see how bad the injury is

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Spurs face an anxious wait to see how bad the injury is

Alli’s early bath was bitterly disappointing as he’d played brilliantly in the first-half and netted Spurs’ second goal of the game.

And while some fans may have feared he could be out of action for their upcoming games, manager Mauricio Pochettino seemed confident his midfielder avoided a serious injury.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, he said: “He didn’t feel a big problem.

“Maybe he was a little bit tired from Wednesday. I hope it’s not a big issue. It was a precaution.”

Spurs’ next match is at home to Bournemouth on Boxing Day.


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