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Alli: I've learnt from my mistakes

Dele Alli knows he will have to maintain his cool to be an effective player for England at the 2018 Russia World Cup.

The 22-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is a likely starter for the Three Lions as they kick off their campaign in Group G against Tunisia next Monday.

With a somewhat fiery temperament and a penchant for picking up yellow cards, Alli says he will play with 'passion and hunger' but will keep his emotions in check.

New FIFA regulations at the World Cup allows referees to punish players retrospectively for infringements, meaning players like Alli will have to be on their best behaviour.

Speaking to Sky, the former Milton Keynes Dons youngster said: "When you're playing the games, you are focused on trying to help the team as much as you can.

"You don't want to put yourself in a position where you could jeopardise everything and lose the game for your team and your country. I'll just be myself, the way I always am."

He added: "I want to play with passion and I want to play with hunger in every game I play.

"I've made mistakes in the earlier part of my career, but you have to make mistakes in order to learn from them. If you look at my record, I've definitely learned from my mistakes."

Alli was recently suspended for the national side for showing his middle-finger in a qualifier against Slovakia last year but has only ever seen red once for Tottenham.