Why Tottenham starlet Dele Alli is ready to step up for England

The former MK Dons midfielder has enjoyed a fantastic start to his Tottenham Hotspur career.

Dele Alli’s transition from League One starlet to Premier League regular has been smooth, to say the least.

The 19-year old has already established himself in the Spurs first-team and has quickly become one of the first names on Mauricio Pochettino's teamsheet.

His versatility has been the most surprising aspect of his performances, with the young talent operating in an attacking midfield role, as opposed to the box-to-box one he made his name in at MK Dons.

His push further forward, along with the arrival of Heung-Min Son, has given Spurs a much needed injection of energy in attacking areas and they now look as threatening as they have done in recent memory.

Alli’s performances haven’t gone unnoticed and the Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Roy Hodgson has been keeping a close eye on him ahead of next year’s European Championship.

The notion of his inclusion at a major tournament with England would seem to follow the standard trajectory of the best emerging talents in this country.

Much has been made about the way youngsters are often thrown into the deep-end with the senior team without being allowed to gain experience of tournament football with the younger age groups, but if any player was capable of taking it in his stride, it’s Dele Alli.

The maturity displayed so far has been nothing short of remarkable and, more importantly, he offers something different to England’s current crop.

England’s central midfield options are competent, if a little unspectacular, and if he’s brave enough, Hodgson could benefit from the adventurous nature of the Spurs midfielder.

Goal threat, runs from deep and the ability to beat a man is something currently lacking in England’s midfield, and Alli provides all three in abundance.

His case is further strengthened by the injuries suffered by Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere, and if he can maintain his early season form for the majority of the season, he’ll have every chance of boarding the plane to France.

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