Dier: Alli not a malicious player

English Premier League

The England international produced a nasty challenge on Manchester City playmaker De Bruyne during Spurs 4-1 loss to Manchester City last Saturday, catching the Belgium on the ankle with a studs-up tackle.

Alli escaped with only a yellow card, much to the disgust of the City bench, although Dier has leapt to his team-mate’s defence, saying: "Dele is not a malicious player. He's made a tackle, the referee made a decision, gave him a yellow card and that's that really.

"You know, it's football. The speed at which it is played there are going to be bad tackles, there are going to be good tackles and that's football".