Dele Alli’s response to getting hauled off at half-time by Jose Mourinho

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Eric Dier has revealed Dele Alli was completely "fine" with his substitution in Tottenham' s defeat to Everton last weekend.

The England international was axed by Jose Mourinho at the half-time interval of Spurs 1-0 loss to the Toffees.

Mourinho's decision to replace Alli with Moussa Sissoko raised plenty of eyebrows and left many wondering how the midfielder reacted to his removal from the pitch.

Questions over Alli's reaction stemmed from the 24-year-old throwing a tantrum after being subbed in Spurs' Champions League round of 16 clash with RB Leipzig in February.

But according to Dier, his club and international team-mate showed no such frustration at his latest substitution.

Speaking ahead of Tottenham's Europa League qualifier against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Dier said: "Dele is fine.

"My answer is the same, we're big boys. Football is not a nice world, it is about results and performances.

"Dele is not the first person to be taken off at half-time and I don't think it's the first time he has been taken off at half-time and it won't be the last it is the same for all of us. That is a thing that can happen in football."

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Unlike many, Dier believes Mourinho's decision to substitute Alli will spur on the former MK Dons midfielder.

He added: "If you want to be a big player it's how you react and move forward with it and knowing Dele and his mentality he will take it in that way and work even harder and try and push on from there."

Mourinho was highly critical of his troops after their Premier League opener, accusing them of being "lazy".

Dier insists he and his team-mates have to strong enough to accept such criticism, saying: "We are men, not kids, the manager isn't making those comments to affect us in a negative way.

"He is just giving his assessment of how he felt the game went. We have to accept that and take that on board and try and change.

"As players, we are all very self-critical of ourselves and our performances and I don't think anyone will be more than ourselves.

"We have to be honest with ourselves, everyone was very disappointed with the result and our performance. With the schedule, we have to get over it quickly and move on and that is what we are going to do."

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