Alli: I’ve learned from my mistakes

Tottenham forward Dele Alli admits that his aggressive on-field behaviour has crossed the line in the past, and vows to have learned from these experiences.

The England international served a three-match suspension during a critical part of Tottenham's 2015/16 title challenge when he struck out at West Brom's Claudio Yacob and then raised eyebrows with his horrendous tackle on Gent's Brecht Dejaegere in Spurs' Europa League campaign in February.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Alli acknowledged that, while an aggressive approach is key to his style of play, he will need to kerb his instincts in the future.

"I know there are mixed opinions about it but that is the player I am and it has been in my game ever since I was a youngster," the Premier League's Young Player of the Year said.

"It is not something I am looking to change, to be honest. Obviously I have made a few mistakes and hopefully, you can tell that I have learnt from them but, like I say, it is not something that I am worried about.

"After the West Brom game, I regretted that straight away. It was one of those moments that I have learnt from and I have not done anything like that again.

"There was also the challenge in the Europa League. I know it looked really bad and it was a really bad tackle but I know, myself, that I would never go out to hurt someone. It was just a poorly timed tackle and I apologised to the guy straight away.

"To be doing a challenge like that on someone is horrible. Horrible for me as well to think about it. I apologised and felt sorry and I have learnt from it. It was a mistake.

"But maybe if I did not have that in my game I would not have achieved as much as I have done so far at this age. Like I say, I am going to keep doing what I do and keep looking to improve. You have to make mistakes to learn from them and I have learnt from everyone so far."

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