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Alli: Spurs captaincy was a 'massive honour'

2018-09-27 11:20
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Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli says he relished the chance to captain Spurs in their Carabao Cup third-round victory against Watford on Wednesday night.

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Mauricio Pochettino's side drew 2-2 with the Hornets at Stadium MK. Isaac Success put Watford in front just after the half-time break, but Alli scored a penalty in the 82nd minute and Erik Lamela put Spurs in front four minutes later. Etienne Capoue forced the game into penalties with an equaliser in the 89th minute.

Spurs came out on top in the shootout, winning 4-2, and Alli, who slotted his side's final spot-kick, was delighted to have skippered the club.

"It was good, it was a little bit too big for me but it was a massive honour for me," Alli told Sky Sports.

"I spoke to the gaffer yesterday and he asked me if I wanted to be [captain] and it was a real privilege.

"I think it's important when we're out on the pitch that we know we need to have 11 leaders out there, but it was a huge honour."

Asked about the possibility of being made the permanent captain, Alli added: "If you asked the boys about my speech before they might disagree [he joked], but I think I want to be a leader out there anyway and whether I've got the armband or not it's important that that is my mentality."

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