The 20-year-old has forged a spiky reputation after several incidents, notably his horror challenge on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere during Spurs’ Europa League exit and punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in the stomach at the end of last season.
However, Alli insists his combustible nature is part of his game – and is here to stay:
There's been a lot said about me and my aggression but I think, to be honest, it's not something I'm going to look to change. That's the player I am, I've always been like that since I was younger. It's about getting it under control and I think I've been doing that. I've got to keep improving and learning; not to play with less aggression but how I react in different situations.
Alli will miss Tottenham’s next three European games for his dismissal against Gent.
He said he was "relieved" not to have seriously hurt his opponent, especially after seeing Ireland skipper Seamus Coleman suffer a double leg break after a tackle by Wales' Neil Taylor in a World Cup qualifier on Friday.
"I feel sorry for Seamus... I'm sure the guy (Taylor) didn't mean to do that." he added. "Like my tackle, I felt I was relieved that nothing bad happened to the player."
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