Denise, English star Dele Alli’s estranged mother, has rued her inability to watch her son play at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Alli scored in the Three Lions’ 2-0 win over Sweden in the last eight of the competition with his mum elated by the impressive showing of the Tottenham man.
“Seeing that photograph was upsetting. I know he considers them his family, but I am still his mum. It does hurt to see photos like that,” the 55-year-old told Daily Mail.
“Of course, I would love to be in Russia with him. I sent him a message before he went to the World Cup and when he scored the goal, but I have not heard anything back.
“He does not contact me anymore, which makes me so sad; and he only answers messages from my daughter.”
Denise further disclosed that, “I just want a hug from my son who has made his mum so proud that he is playing for England and scoring in a World Cup.”
She added that, “I sat on my own in the lounge watching the game [against Sweden] and when Dele scored, it was amazing and I was screaming at the telly, ‘Well done Dele, well done.
“I’d love to have been there to see it live, but I couldn’t afford to go to Russia: It would be a dream to see my son play in the World Cup.”