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​Pochettino and Hodgson defend Tottenham star Alli

Both Mauricio Pochettino and former England manager Roy Hodgson have leapt to the defense of midfielder Deli Alli, after he was embroiled in another diving controversy.

It appears there is a story around Alli and diving in every other game, and the clash against Crystal Palace was no different.

He was accused of taking a tumble in the penalty box, despite there being minimal contact from any player on him.

But his manager Pochettino defended him by saying: "He is an easy target for everyone. We need to stop saying too much about him to stop helping people, the fans, creating this reputation.

"He's so competitive and played very well but Dele is an easy target.

"Dele is such a special kid. He's going to play. He's going to show his quality. He won't worry what people are saying about him."

He even received encouragement from the opposition manager Hodsgon, who said: "He only had the option to go down. The way our defenders defend the situation, he had to go down to avoid them. I don't think he was looking for a penalty.

"(The crowd getting agitated is) what happens when all the talk in the massed media is about players diving: the public jump on the bandwagon to get as much advantage as they can."

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