Dele Alli gave a powerful interview to Gary Neville on his YouTube channel, The Overlap, in July 2023. In the interview, Alli spoke about his recent battle with addiction, his childhood trauma, and his hopes for the future.
Alli revealed that he had been struggling with addiction to sleeping pills for several years. He said that he started taking the pills to cope with the stress of his football career, but that they quickly became a problem. He said that he would often take more pills than he was prescribed, and that he would sometimes black out.
The interview was met with a lot of praise, with many people commending Alli for his courage and honesty. The interview also helped to raise awareness of the issue of mental health in football.
Here are some of the key points from the interview:
- Alli said that he started using sleeping pills to cope with the stress of football and his personal life. He said that he became addicted to the pills and that they started to have a negative impact on his mental health.
- Alli said that he considered retiring from football at the age of 24. He said that he was struggling with his mental health and that he didn’t feel like he was good enough to play at the top level anymore.
- Alli spoke about his childhood trauma. He said that he was molested by a friend of his mother’s when he was six years old. He said that this experience had a profound impact on his life and that he still struggles with the effects of it today.
- Alli said that he is now in a much better place mentally. He said that he has been getting help for his mental health and that he is starting to feel like himself again.
- Alli said that he is still unsure about his future in football. He said that he wants to play at the highest level again but that he needs to be patient and take things one step at a time.
The interview was a powerful and moving account of Alli’s journey. It is a reminder that even the most successful athletes can struggle with mental health issues. It is also a reminder that there is help available for those who are struggling.
Early career: Alli started playing football at the age of six for local team MK Dons. He progressed through the club’s youth system and made his first-team debut in 2012, at the age of 16.
Tottenham Hotspur: Alli joined Tottenham Hotspur in February 2015 for an initial fee of £5 million. He quickly established himself as a key player for the club, winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award in both 2015 and 2016
England national team: Alli made his England debut in 2015 and has since won 37 caps. He was a key member of the England team that reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.
Recent years: Alli’s form has dipped in recent years, and he has been criticized for his attitude and work ethic. He was loaned to Everton in January 2022, and then to Beşiktaş in January 2023.