Tottenham star Alli is reportedly in line to win an England call-up.
Speaking to Ham&High, Tottenham boss Dele Alli has warned Roy Hodgson about selecting Dele Alli for his England squad, with the Mirror claiming that the youngster is set to be named in the next international selection.
Pochettino said: “It’s the same situation as last season with Harry Kane - be careful with the youngsters, be careful with the players that arrive in the Premier League and perform well, I think you can see he’s [Alli] a player that’s very mature and shows great quality but always in football it’s step by step, game by game and we need to be careful with the youngsters. He’s mature, he has a good personality and character but it’s too rushed to start to speak about bigger steps for him.”
Alli has only started two Premier League games since making the switch from League One over the summer, although he does look to have a lot of talent.
His performance in Spurs’ 3-1 Europa League win over Qarabag was exceptional, and it displayed a maturity from Alli which suggested he is ready to make the step up, without becoming flustered by an international call-up.
However, right now Alli is impressing people as he is an unknown quantity, who is doing more than many believed he could have following his switch to White Hart Lane.
An England cap would change the perception of him, and Alli, 19, would be expected to be a match winner every single time he took to the field.
Pochettino highlights the effect the debut cap had on Harry Kane last season, with the striker struggling to live up to his reputation since his goal against Lithuania. Other people to have suffered from this increased expectation are the likes of Ross Barkley and Theo Walcott, who have had every move of theirs analysed in detail following their rises to prominence.
Pochettino has no say on whether Hodgson calls Alli up, and he can do nothing if the England head coach does look towards the youngster when the next international break comes around at the end of this month.