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Dons' Dele fires England to World Cup Semi Finals

Academy graduate scores England's second goal in their 2-0 win over Sweden...

8 July 2018

MK Dons Academy graduate Dele Alli helped fire England to their first FIFA World Cup Semi Final in 28 years on Saturday afternoon.

Alli, who progressed through the youth ranks at MK Dons and made 88 appearances for the first-team, headed home a cross from Jesse Lingard 13 minutes into the second half to secure a 2-0 victory over Sweden.

The likeable midfielder, who has made three appearances at this summer’s tournament, is the first MK Dons Academy graduate to feature - and now score - at a World Cup.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on the eve of England’s Quarter-Final tie with Sweden, Chairman Pete Winkelman said: “We are so proud of Dele. He’s the first boy from Milton Keynes to play at a World Cup.

“There have been a number of people who have supported him but, at the end of the day, it’s down to the player to take the opportunity and that’s exactly what Dele has done - he deserves the credit.”

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