Tottenham star Dele Alli backed by Mauricio Pochettino to overcome his England ban after swearing on the field

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TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino believes Dele Alli has the mental strength to deal with his Fifa rap.

The Spurs midfielder has been banned for one England match after his middle-finger gesture during the 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia this month.

 Dele Alli has been backed to overcome his one-match England ban

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Dele Alli has been backed to overcome his one-match England ban
 The Spurs star gave the one-finger salute during a game

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The Spurs star gave the one-finger salute during a game

Dele, 21, misses Thursday’s penultimate Group F clash with Slovenia at Wembley.

Pochettino said: “Does Dele have the mental strength to handle this? Yes of course. He’s more mature today. I think you can feel the same.

“He’s not the kid who arrived three years ago.

“A lot of things have happened in that period and he’s mature enough to deal with the situation.”

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate insisted Dele aimed the gesture at pal Kyle Walker, who left Spurs for Manchester City in July.

But Fifa ruled the incident, caught on TV cameras, to be “offensive and unsporting” and also fined him £3,852.

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 Mauricio Pochettino believes Alli has matured since joining Tottenham

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Mauricio Pochettino believes Alli has matured since joining Tottenham
 Alli has become a key player for Pochettino since joining from MK Dons

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Alli has become a key player for Pochettino since joining from MK Dons

Former Spurs ace Gary Lineker tweeted: “Dele Alli gets one game for one finger. Just as well he didn’t give the V sign.”

Dele is also serving a three-match Euro ban at Spurs for a red card in last season’s Europa League.

 Gareth Southgate is happy that Alli hasnt been banned for longer

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Gareth Southgate is happy that Alli hasnt been banned for longer
 Even Gary Lineker has had his say on the suspension

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Even Gary Lineker has had his say on the suspension
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