Alli was one of the successes as England lost 1-0 to Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday, playing alongside Lallana and Jamie Vardy in coach Gareth Southgate’s brave new 3-4-3 formation.
England lost 1-0 to Lukas Podolski’s excellent 69th-minute long-range strike, but could consider themselves unlucky, missing several good chances before Joachim Low’s side got their game going.
Lallana struck a post and Alli forced a brilliant save from Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen when he should have scored.
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Liverpool ace Adam Lallana has urged England to be patient with Dele Alli
Arsenal flop Lukas Podolski scored the winner as Germany beat England
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“Dele is special,” he said. “I love the way he goes about his business: no fear, he’s brave. He has that cheeky arrogance about him. That what makes Dele. All players have different attitudes that make them what they are and that’s why he is unique and a special talent.
“Del is a fantastic player – already a magnificent player for England. But he is not even 21 yet. It is important that we don’t get carried away.
“People still need to be patient with him. He is still a young boy and performing how he does is way above his years.
“He expects to score that chance on Wednesday. But these things happen, ter Stegen is a world-class goalkeeper. As long as we win on Sunday against Lithuania, which is the most important game, then hopefully it will have been a good week.
“As long as we all learn from that game, that’s all we can do.”
Dele Alli starred but could not stop England losing to Germany in Dortmund
Lallana believes England’s new system could be the way forward for Southgate’s developing team.
Southgate, in his first game in charge since being confirmed as England’s permanent coach, became the latest manager to mirror Premier League leaders Chelsea’s favoured three-man defensive formation, and Lallana said: “This system could possibly be the way forward.
“The way that we adapted considering we didn’t have long, it worked well. We will look at it and the areas we need to improve on ahead of Sunday.
“Credit to the boss. He was the one who wanted us to play that system – he felt we had the personnel to fit in and it worked.
“A lot of the lads are playing three at the back at their clubs and in the short time we had to work on it, he utilised the time really well so we had a good few sessions to work on it.”