Theo Walcott explains first thoughts on Tottenham's Dele Alli, makes valuable offer

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott has been impressed with Dele Alli in England training.

Arsenal striker Theo Walcott has told the London Evening Standard that he has been impressed with Dele Alli's displays in training for England.

Walcott has emerged as Arsenal's leading striker this season, and he will now be hoping to replicate his impressive goalscoring form whilst on international duty with England.

Games against Estonia and Lithuania are coming up for England, and whilst Walcott will be looking for a start, so will Tottenham's Dele Alli.

The 19-year-old midfielder has had an impressive start to the Premier League season with Spurs, exceeding expectations with a host of impressive performances alongside Eric Dier in the heart of the Tottenham midfield.

Now, Alli has been called up to the England squad in a surprise move from manager Roy Hodgson, with some cynics suggesting that Alli will earn a cap so he will be ineligible to represent Nigeria.

However, North London rival Walcott has explained to the London Evening Standard what his first thoughts on Alli are after training with him, before offering to give the youngster some valuable advice, having also been a highly-rated teenager previously.

"Seeing him for the first time in the flesh, he's a big lad," said Walcott. "He's very classy on the ball and he's only 19 so he's got a long England career ahead of him, and with Tottenham as well."

"He's in the spotlight straight away. I'm always there for him as I obviously was in the England squad at the early age of 17. I've been through it so he's always got plenty of people here to talk to. Looking at him, he's the sort of player who'd be able to deal with anything," he added.

The experience of being away with England should help Alli, who has already impressed more than many expected before the start of the season - and having advice from a former 'wonderkid' like Walcott should also help him.

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