Spurs boss has a message for Roy Hodgson about Dele Alli

Roy Hodgson

The Tottenham Hotspur head coach has been discussing the 19-year-old's transition to the England squad.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says England boss Roy Hodgson must help the north London side - and the Three Lions - by easing Dele Alli into the national team, according to the club's official website.

Indeed, the Argentine has emphasised the need to prove the best conditions in which Alli can keep his feet on the ground.

But the Tottenham head coach is naturally pleased about the teenager's England call-up and thinks he will enjoy and benefit from the experience.

Pochettino is quoted as telling the Tottenham site: "We're all happy for Dele. It’s important to look after him and we have a very good relationship with Roy Hodgson and his staff and the national team.

"We need to provide him with the best conditions to help him keep his feet on the ground, that’s the most important thing.

"Dele is very mature and has a personality that he shows on the pitch and outside, so I don’t think it’s a big issue. He needs to enjoy his moment and now we need to work hard to look after him."

As the Argentine says, the outstanding maturity already shown by the 19-year-old suggests he will only thrive on the big stage.

But Pochettino is right in that Tottenham and England can both do plenty to ease Alli into the experience of international football. The Three Lions have already qualified for Euro 2016 and are facing Estonia - not Brazil, Spain or the like - meaning pressure should be kept to a minimum on the Spurs teenager.

Will he get any minutes? A second-half substitution, or even just a late one?

The experience will no doubt provide Alli with a huge boost but both the Tottenham and England camps will have serious regrets if he returns with any injury problems...

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