Pochettino raves about Alli's first touch, discusses long-term potential


The Tottenham Hotspur head coach has been discussing the 19-year-old.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed with Dele Alli's first touch so far this season and while he was on England duty, according to Sky Sports.

And the Spurs boss says the 19-year-old can quite easily make it into the Euro 2016 if he maintains his performance levels.

Age and reputation are factors Pochettino believes shouldn't affect selection - which works in the Tottenham youngster's favour.

Pochettino is quoted as telling reporters: "It's not a question for me, it's a question for Roy [Hodgson]. But in football it's all about performances. If he follows in the same way the way he has played in the last few months, maybe he'll have the opportunity to go.

"It's not about how old he is. Football is not about names, or ages, it's about performances. If he follows in the same way as he has done in recent months, then maybe. I watched the second game and his first touch was great - and I'm happy with how he has come back to us."

Alli certainly impressed any England fans who weren't already aware of his potential while on international duty, although there is naturally a long way to go ahead of Euro 2016.

Kyle Walker will likely remain behind the others originally ahead of him in the pecking order for England.

Another Tottenham star could make France '16, however, if Hodgson is actually paying attention to the Premier League. Indeed, Eric Dier has been superb in midfield and, as a more experienced and older player than Alli, has every right to be asking questions about making it into the England squad.

Both he and Alli certainly have plenty of long-term potential at Tottenham.

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