Liverpool-linked teenage sensation Dele Alli has revealed that he is hoping to emulate Steven Gerrard.
The MK Dons midfielder has been named in the England U19 squad to face Germany and he wants to get his first national goal against Die Nationalmannschaft, as Gerrard did all those years ago.
The Liverpool legend netted his first goal for the Three Lions in England's memorable 5-1 victory back in 2001 and Alli says that he is hoping to do something similar in the upcoming, youth-level match.
"I’ve had a few chances when I’ve been playing for England and I feel like they’ve been easy chances, but I’ve just been messing up so I can’t wait to get off the mark," Alli said. "I am actually a Liverpool fan and Gerrard is someone I look up to massively.
"If the ball drops for me on Monday like it did for him against Germany, I’m smashing it. If I get the goal I’ll obviously be happy but the win is all that matters."
The 18-year-old has been a revelation in League One for MK and is already being tipped to have a bright future.
A host of clubs, including Liverpool, are all reportedly interested in taking a punt on Alli, while Bayern Munich also had scouts watching him recently.
An imposing figure, Alli has a physical standing that belies his young years, but he backs it up with an excellent technical ability and is now a key player for MK, as they push for promotion in the third tier.
Alli broke into their first-team last year and has already progressed hugely as a result of the regular exposure he is getting to first team football.
He is now being rewarded by international recognition and if he keeps his form up for the remainder of the season it will not be long before a big move occurs.
Alli's most notable performance to date may be his display in MK's 4-0 win over Manchester United. With the nation watching, the hot prospect dominated the central areas of the pitch against some high-profile talent and was one of the key reasons Karl Robinson's men pulled off the incredible upset.