Robinson: Alli was Spurs' best player v Palace; he can make Euro 2016

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The former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper has spoken of the 19-year-old in glowing terms. He isn't the only one, of course...

Former Tottenham shot stopper Paul Robinson feels the north London club have unearthed a 'real gem' in Dele Alli, according to talkSPORT.

And the 35-year-old can see the teenager making Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2016.

Indeed, Robinson believes Alli was Tottenham's best player against Crystal Palace last Sunday and doesn't see why Hodgson shouldn't use him if he keeps his current form up.

Robinson told talkSPORT's Drive at around 5pm on Wednesday afternoon (before the north London derby): "I was really impressed with Dele Alli. He could grow into a real player. He’s unearthed a real gem here. I thought he was the best player on the park against Crystal Palace.

"I can see it happening (Euro 2016). He was given the chance and that’s what it’s all about. Why not put him in the England squad if he keeps it up?"

Can Alli handle the hype?

The biggest danger now is that the hype surrounding the 19-year-old becomes counter-productive.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain broke onto the scene a couple of years ago and immediately had whole advertising campaigns based on him after just a couple of good games. Has he lived up to the expectation since? It was too much too soon, especially as his fitness has constantly given way.

The other side of the north London divide, though, is where Tottenham fans will no doubt look and Harry Kane is the perfect example of initially handling the pressure and thriving on the extra attention.

He has suffered a goal drought so far this season, of course, but that isn't likely to last exceedingly long.

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