Tottenham media round-up: Pochettino's Alli caution, N'Jie on Manchester City test

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Tottenham Hotspur this Friday evening.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has warned that it is too soon for Dele Alli to be talked about as an England player, despite his impressive start to life at Spurs.

Alli has been getting his fair share of exposure in the first team, and is winning several plaudits in the process for his performances.

But judging by Pochettino's quotes, reported by Sky Sports, he is keen to manage expectations surrounding the player, comparing the situation to when Harry Kane's stock was rising last season. 

He said: "It's the same situation as last season with Harry Kane. Be careful with the younger players, the players who arrive in the Premier League and perform well. It's not easy.

"But again, like last season, it's not my decision. It's Roy Hodgson's decision if he wants to call up Dele Alli.

"You can see he's a player that is very mature and shows great quality but always in football it's step by step and we need to be careful."

In the same article, Pochettino seemed keen to relieve the pressure on Kane, who has yet to find the net for Spurs this season, saying that he needs to be left to get on with his job.

The Spurs boss has said that Alex Pritchard, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Mousa Dembele all remain sidelined through injury for the weekend's game against Manchester City at White Hart Lane, the club's website reports, but did say all four were close to returning to action. 

Forward Clinton N'Jie is confident of Tottenham's chances of getting a good result against the league leaders, if the side operate at 100 per cent.

He has told the club website. “City have got some clever players – Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and the others – but I just think we need to make sure we are 100% physically and mentally and everything is going be fine."

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