- Dele Alli's father is begging his son to allow him back into his life
- The Tottenham midfielder has refused to wear his family name on his shirt
- Dele was reportedly abandoned by Kehinde Alli before he became a teenager
The father of footballer Dele Alli reportedly made a desperate plea to repair their relationship after the Tottenham star refused to wear the family name on his shirt.
The midfielder now wears Dele on his shirt after revealing he has no connection to the Alli surname.
The England playmaker was given away aged 13 as his mother Denise battled alcoholism.
According to the Sun, the 20-year-old's devastated dad Kehinde Alli, a businessman, reportedly flew 5,000 miles from his home in the US in a bid to patch things up.
Kenny split from Denise within a week of their wedding in 1996 and was rejected by the England midfielder.
Denise, 53, who also no longer sees her son but has remained friends with Kenny, told the newspaper: "It was very upsetting for him to see his son wearing the England shirt without his name on the back of it.
"He is spending a lot of time and money flying over to try to see Dele. He really wants everything to work out well. We all do."
Denise, who has four children, allowed Dele, then 13, to go to live with the family of close friends Alan and Sally Hickford, who would give him the chance to follow his sporting dream.
He is said to call the Hickfords his adoptive parents despite not being formally adopted by the pair.
Alli has been in good form this season for Tottenham scoring 14 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions.