Former Arsenal hero Alan Smith has high praise for Tottenham Hotspur duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier

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The Spurs players performed well against France for England last night.

Last night saw England win comfortably against France at Wembley in a game where the football took second priority in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

The game was however a showcase for some of the new players in the England squad including Tottenham pair Eric Dier and Dele Alli.

The Spurs pair both got their first start for England in a three man midfield with Ross Barkley of Everton and they were both superb.

Dier was mobile and combative in midfield but also showed his penchant for a pass. Alli is simply a class talent. He has the aggression to perfectly compliment his guile and he started the moves that led to both England goals - including his excellent strike from long-range.

One man who was ultimately impressed by the duo's performance was probably begrudging in saying so. Alan Smith was speaking on Sky Sports News earlier today when he stated:

"You talk about people like Dele Alli. He's a teenager and he went out there and played with no fear. [He] showed his club form, he has been excellent for Tottenham this season. He wasn't afraid to put himself about, launch himself into tackles - as you saw with the first goal, on Schneiderlin. He's clearly a very promising boy.

"Eric Dier his club mate alongside him, both had good games.

"It's great to blood these lads at such a young age. To give them that experience. Then you move ahead and if they were to make the squad for the finals at least they've had a taste of it."

Those words cannot be taken lightly when you consider that Smith is synonymous with Tottenham's North London rivals Arsenal - with whom he played with for eight years.

It just shows how impressive the partnership between the two is and hopefully it can continue to thrive for Tottenham and England.

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