England defeated France on Tuesday evening at Wembley, clinching a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney.
It was one of the best English performances in recent memory, and although France were not playing to their full capacity after the tragedy in Paris last week, Roy Hodgson looks to have created a team who can actually compete at the European Championship next summer.
Most impressively, this victory over Les Bleus was recorded with a team consisting largely of youth, and with a number of players that many believed would not be heading to France next summer.
Eric Dier, Ross Barkley, Harry Kane and John Stones are all talented stars, but many expected their places in the starting line-up to be taken by more experienced players next summer. However, this performance proved that they can all cut it at the top level, with Barkley the only player to slightly disappoint on Tuesday evening.
There was one player who stood out more than the rest though, and was named man of the match after an all-action display.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli got the ball rolling with the opening goal, before starting the move which led to the second goal, and he looks to have booked himself a ticket on the plane to France.
The 19-year-old midfielder, who was playing in League One this time last year, has established himself as a key player for Tottenham this season, and now looks to have forced his way into Hodgson’s England plans.
He is a true box-to-box midfielder, and has shown he is not restricted to either being a number 10 or a holding player, and this kind of dynamism has been lacking from the England team for so long.
Following the performance, Tottenham and England fans took to Twitter to react to Alli’s performance against France, and there were only good things to say about the teenage midfielder.
Also, Dele Alli should be a first teamer at the Euro's man is fantastic.— OS (@GFCOwen) November 17, 2015
How good was Deli Alli tonight though, fantastic performance— Liam Taylor (@GfcLiam) November 17, 2015
As fantastic as Dele Alli’s emergence is for Spurs & England, it’s also pretty damning on the previous generation of English players.— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) November 17, 2015
My man of the match would be Delle Alli, superb! 2nd would be Gibbs. Both produced fantastic performances— Burkett (@Hazza_Burkett) November 17, 2015
Dele Alli has been absolutely fantastic tonight, what a diamond of a player we've got there— Tottenham Hotspur (@THFC__Fans) November 17, 2015
Dele Alli has been superb, fantastic goal and is winning important tackles all over the pitch.— Ash Lucas (@ash_derby) November 17, 2015
England were solid for 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet when the partnership of Dier and Alli started together, now there's a surprise.— Craig Brown (@THFC_Browny) November 17, 2015
I don't think we really understand how good of a play we have got in Dele Alli #COYS— Tommy (@thfc_tommy) November 17, 2015