Glenn Hoddle explains how he reacted to Dele Alli's England call-up

Harry Redknapp with Glenn Hoddle at QPR training

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss has once again been discussing the 19-year-old.

Glenn Hoddle says he was pleased to see Dele Alli called up to the England squad and has explained why he thinks the Tottenham youngster can become a top player at international level, according to the Daily Mail.

Indeed, the former Tottenham and England manager has spoken of Alli's 'calmness' before but he believes that will be crucial for him with the Three Lions, too.

Hoddle told the Mail: "I was pleased to see Dele Alli in the England squad, even though it is earlier than any of us expected. What I like about him is that calmness he has on the ball, almost an ability to slow the game down.

"That is a crucial feature of a top player and even more important at international level. He has a long way to go and a lot to prove but it’s good that he’s getting his chance next week in what should be a relatively relaxed atmosphere, given that England have already qualified."

Looking at things objectively, Alli looks destined for the top. Players can quite easily be overhyped but there is no reason the Tottenham midfielder can't emulate so many others who went on to thrive for England - and even Harry Kane at this early stage in his career.

For now, of course, the 19-year-old's priority will be a good performance and result against Swansea City if picked by Mauricio Pochettino on Sunday afternoon.

But England's game with Estonia will no doubt be at the back of Alli's mind and, as Hoddle says, the relaxing atmosphere that should greet him - with the Three Lions already having qualified for Euro 2016 - will likely provide a big boost for the Spurs youngster.

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