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Dele Alli on EXCEL and their new FIFA side: “I want to help the team as much as I can”

The Tottenham midfielder hopes to help take EXCEL's new FIFA 22 team to the next level.
Dele Alli on EXCEL and their new FIFA side: “I want to help the team as much as I can”

Spurs and England midfielder, Dele Alli, was brought on as a global brand ambassador for EXCEL Esports back in November of last year but with the British esports organisation’s move into FIFA 22 with an all-English roster, it feels like his expertise will be needed now more than ever.

Speaking at the unveiling of Spencer “Gorilla” Ealing and Tom “Tom” Leese, a former world champion and the latter an ePremier League champion, Dele spoke about what it means to be a part of EXCEL and what he aims to bring to the table.

“It means a lot to me. I am really into my gaming and it’s a great opportunity for me to come and learn,” said Dele, adding: “I want to try and help the team as much as I can.”

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Tom (left) and Gorilla (right) are two of the most recognisable faces in FIFA esports. (Picture: EXCEL Esports)

While that response may seem like a player still finding his feet in the esports space, it didn’t take long for Dele’s competitive drive -- a drive that saw him twice awarded the PFA’s Young Player of the Year -- to shine through, that being when he realised he was 80-rated in the new FIFA, a two-point drop from last year’s rating.

“I am kinda on a FIFA strike because of my rating!” joked Dele. “Usually I am not that bothered but this one… I am not an 80!”, the Spurs midfielder added.

Dele is one of many footballers that have partnered with esports organisations over the last few years, just counting England teammates; Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Harry Maguire (both Semper Fortis Esports) and Jesse Lingard (JLINGZ) are all involved in esports one way or another. With that said, it begs the question of whether the on-pitch rivalry has translated to esports yet? 

Dele thinks it's only a matter of time:

“It’s still early days, we haven’t had that much banter yet but it will come.”


Featured image courtesy of EXCEL.