After a handful of games, the 19-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is in the senior squad - yet his superb team-mate has to settle for the Under-21s.
The 19-year-old is an exciting, in-form talent and deserves as much exposure to the big time as he can get this early in his professional career.
That, simply, is because the Tottenham midfielder will be playing in the big time for the rest of his career. It's obvious he has the talent. It may be early yet selecting him makes perfect sense as an isolated decision.
But selecting Alli for the senior squad and putting Eric Dier into the Under-21s? That's more like the confusing Hodgson we have all gotten used to in England.
The Three Lions boss should have picked both Tottenham midfielders.
Indeed, how does it make sense in any capacity that a 19-year-old with a handful of Premier League games gets the senior squad but a 21-year-old with over a season of experience makes the Under-21s?
Without Dier, Spurs simply wouldn't tick and Alli wouldn't be able to perform to his full capacity.
As stated, there is nothing wrong with taking the youngster into the England squad. But there is with ignoring a defender who has taken to his new midfield role like a duck to water.
Ignoring Danny Rose, who has been short of games and fitness, is one thing. Dier deserves a chance with the senior squad, though, and Alli's call-up makes no sense without his Tottenham team-mate there, too.