Dele Alli claims Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier has been looking after him this season

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Dele Alli has hailed Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has told the Daily Star that fellow midfielder Eric Dier has been like a 'big brother' to him at White Hart Lane.

Alli, 19, arrived at Spurs over the summer having ended his loan spell with Milton Keynes Dons, and despite a sensational campaign in League One last season, few could have expected him to make this kind of impact in the top flight.

The midfielder has been outstanding for Spurs so far, contributing with two goals already this term, and his energy from midfield has been vital for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

His performance have led to a surprise early call-up to the England squad, and his partnership with fellow Englishman Eric Dier could give Roy Hodgson a formidable partnership in the heart of the park in years to come.

Now, ahead of Sunday's North London derby against Arsenal, Alli has commented on his relationship with Dier, who earned his first call-up to the England senior squad on Thursday.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Alli admitted that Dier has been looking after him during his first season in the Premier League, and claims that the pair get on well on and off the pitch, which will no doubt have helped them strike up such a superb partnership this season.

"I am delighted for Eric. He has been a bit like a big brother to me since I arrived. He has been really looking after me," said Alli. "He looks after me on the pitch as well. We have a bit of a laugh and joke about that. He's a great guy and we get on really well off the pitch."

"He's been really welcoming and helped make it really easy for me to settle in. He's not that much older than me. But he's definitely the more mature one," he added.

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