Roy Keane has warned Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard that their England careers may be over.
The midfield duo were overlooked by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate for his latest squad.
And Keane thinks both have paid the price for focusing too much on their commercial activities.
ITV presenter Mark Pougatch brought up the topic, suggesting that Alli, 23, had realised his error.
He said: “If you’re Lingard or Dele Alli – interesting Dele Alli this week, getting rid of all of his commercial activities, realising that maybe he’s at a bit of a tipping point of his career: ‘hang on a second, I was the bright young thing at Tottenham and England and that’s not the case any longer’.”
Keane replied: “Yeah, we saw the signs with one or two of these young players you mentioned who have disappeared.
“They should have done that about a year ago. And they mightn’t get a chance to get back in [now] – that’s what happens in football.
“Timing, these young lads in England, take your opportunity and let these lads fall by the wayside.”
Alli has hired a personal nutritionist as he bids to get over the injury problems that dogged him last season.
While Lingard, 26, has seen the likes of James Maddison, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham rising above him in the pecking order.
Fortunately for the duo, England lost their first qualifier for 10 YEARS against the Czech Republic last night after struggling to create chances.
And another poor performance against Bulgaria could see Southgate turn to familiar faces to rediscover England’s spark.
Source: The Sun