Soccer-Alli backs Everton to finish strong amid relegation worries

Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Nottingham Forest - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - August 20, 2022 Everton's Dele Alli warms up as a substitute at half time Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

(Reuters) - Everton's latest points deduction for breaching Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) has ramped up fears they may be relegated from the Premier League but midfielder Dele Alli said they can beat the drop if they keep their focus on football.

Everton have been charged twice this season for PSR violations and docked a total of eight points. The club said on Monday they had lodged an appeal against a two-point deduction handed out on April 8.

Sean Dyche's side, who suffered a 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea on Monday, are 16th in the table with 27 points, two points above Luton Town who occupy the final relegation berth.

"We can only focus on the games - we can't get caught up in what's going on," Alli told Sky Sports.

"They've done an unbelievable job. I can feel it when I walk around the place - a real focus and not getting caught up in everything that's going on.

"They're an unbelievable group of players and I hope they'll finish the season strong. The chances they create, they can win most games. I think they'll be fine."

Alli, who has not played since February 2023 due to injury, spoke in an interview last year about being sexually abused as a child, mental health issues and time spent in rehab.

The midfielder has made 37 appearances for England and said he is aiming to return to Gareth Southgate's squad.

"I have a reminder on my phone every day at 11 o'clock that says World Cup 2026," he added. "That's my aim."

(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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