Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul has singled out England’s Dele Alli as his side’s most dangerous opponent as he prepared for their World Cup Group G opener at the Volgograd Arena on Monday.
The confident coach, in his second spell as national team boss, said his side could beat England and open the door to progressing from the group stages and to the quarter-finals.
“Why not, he told reporters ahead of his side’s final training session in Volgograd on Sunday. Our team is ready, referring to recent warm-up results where they drew with Portugal and lost narrowly to Spain.
We played well in friendlies. We did well and we expect to do the same here.” He said.
But he stressed that to do well against England, Tunisia had to keep Alli quiet, and confessed he was an admirer of the 22-year-old Tottenham midfielder.
“He is a great player, He is a midfielder who can play anywhere: centre, forward or deep midfield, up front on his own or wide on the left.
We know how easily Alli and Kane can find each other and their understanding so must divide them.
The most dangerous thing for me is the way he sees the match and plays the last pass.”he said.