Ian Wright comments on Tottenham's Dele Alli, compares him to Theo Walcott

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Ian Wright has compared Dele Alli to Theo Walcott.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has told The Sun that England can not make the same mistake with Dele Alli as they did with Theo Walcott.

Alli, 19, signed for Spurs in January but spent the rest of last season on loan with MK Dons, before joining up with Mauricio Pochettino's men over the summer.

The teenager has starred for Spurs so far this season, forming a strong midfield partnership with Eric Dier, and he even opened his Premier League account with a goal in Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Leicester City.

Now, Alli is in the England squad having been called up by Roy Hodgson, and whilst some cynics may suggest that England are only playing Alli to he can't represent Nigeria in the future, it's actually a testament to how impressive Alli has been so far this term.

Tipped to be one of the stars of the future for England, Alli has the chance to show just why he has already been called up - but former England and Arsenal ace Ian Wright has words of warning.

Wright has told The Sun that whilst he is delighted to see Alli in the squad, England are taking a risk by not having him in the youth squads - and he could become like Arsenal's Theo Walcott, who hasn't had the desired impact on the international stage yet.

"I'm delighted for Dele Alli," said Wright. "The only thing is, if we look back at Theo Walcott, when Theo Walcott was 16, going to the World Cup, Theo Walcott should have been in the Under-17's, Under-18's, Under-19's and Under-21's to learn. Those experiences of going away, with kids his age, playing for England, doing well for England, would only help him now. We've missed a trick with that - hopefully we don't do the same with Dele Alli," he added.

Alli is certainly one for the future, but his lack of experience in the England Under-21's - just two caps - has some people worried that he is being thrust in to the senior side too quickly.

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