Jamie Redknapp on what sets Tottenham Hotspur starlet Dele Alli apart from midfield rivals

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The youngster could make his England debut against Estonia tonight. (KO 19:45)

Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp has heaped praise on Dele Alli’s box-to-box abilities and claimed it sets him apart from a lot of his central midfield rivals.

The 19-year old was a surprise inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s squad last week, having only made three Premier League starts in his career.

His inclusion is a measure of his quality and potential and Redknapp feels handing Alli his senior debut wouldn’t be a risk even at this early stage.

“England caps are special and you don't want to see them thrown around to anyone who has a couple of good games, but Alli is different… he wouldn't look out of place in an England kit,” he wrote on Sky Sports.

Alli has made the transition from League One to the top flight seem effortless and would undoubtedly carry that confidence onto the international stage.

Redknapp – who scored 4 goals in 44 appearances for Spurs between 2002 and 2005 – feels the former MK Dons man would offer England a different dimension.

“…he is a very, very good player. He's got all the ability, he's pacey and he's a great addition to the squad.

“He's got great pace, he gets around the pitch and it's effortless for him. Some players don't have that energy or ability but he's a genuine box-to-box player….He will get goals because he gets into the box and dangerous positions.

“On top of all that, he's got a nice touch and he's a good passer, as well. Playing each week in that Tottenham team under Mauricio Pochettino, he'll get better and better.”

Redknapp’s high praise is warranted for a player who has looked every bit the part in his fledgling Tottenham career and Spurs fans will be eagerly tuning in to see if yet another one of their boys gets a cap.

Pochettino has over seen call-ups for Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and now Dele Alli, while Kyle Walker was recently brought back into the fold after a strong start to the season.

Eric Dier looks set to be the next breakthrough star and it seems Spurs' focus on recruiting and promoting the best young English talent is well and truly back.

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