Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli reveals delight at England Under-21 call up

The former MK Dons star has adapted seamlessly to life at Spurs.

Tottenham starlet Dele Alli has expressed his joy on Spurs TV at being called up to the England Under-21 squad for their upcoming fixtures against the USA and Norway.

The 19-year old has impressed in his Spurs cameos this season and has seen his performances rewarded with a step up for the national side.

“I’m delighted to get the chance to play for England Under-21s. I’ve been working for it for a long time so I’m glad it’s finally happened,” Alli told Spurs TV.

“It’s another step up in terms of the international levels, but I thought I was ready for it before when I moved up a level and hopefully I’m ready for it now.”

The former MK Dons man has represented England at the Under 17, 18 and 19 levels and is now just one rung below the senior squad.

Alli has arguably played a bigger role than he would have anticipated so early on in his Spurs career – appearing in three of Tottenham’s four Premier League games – and he is now well and truly pushing for a starting berth.

The elegant midfield revealed his pleasure at his Spurs start and feels it will hold him in good stead for the next stage of his international career, adding:

“I feel like I’m in good form, I’ve bedded in comfortably at Spurs and although it will be another step up to play for England’s Under-21 team, I feel like I’m ready for it.

“Whenever you play for England there’s a lot of responsibility on you, but that’s not something that will distract me. I just want to go out, do my normal stuff and play as well as I can.”

It’s a confident tone from a player whose confidence has shone through in his short time at White Hart Lane. The youngster’s daring run for his first Spurs goal typified that youthful enthusiasm and the Tottenham faithful will be eager to see what’s still to come from one of England’s brightest prospects.

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