Redknapp addresses which of Barkley or Alli is the superior player

Jamie Redknapp feels Tottenham's Dele Alli is already a better player than Everton's Ross Barkley.

Jamie Redknapp believes Dele Alli is already a superior player to Everton's Ross Barkley, and has told The Mail the Tottenham star should stay ahead in the England pecking order.

The two players came up against each other at the weekend as the two teams drew 1-1 at Goodison Park.

Alli netted for Spurs, his fifth goal of the season, just before half-time to cancel out Aaron Lennon's opener.

Redknapp said: "I’m a big Ross Barkley fan but, if I had to pick a team for Euro 2016 tomorrow, Dele Alli would shade it for me. When I watch him I don’t see potential, I see a player.

"He’s a fantastic athlete and moves from end to end effortlessly. But he has all the subtlety and guile to go with it.

"Barkley took the game by the scruff of the neck late on and he is a special player. But in the battle of the wannabe heavyweights, Alli had the edge."

Alli has really stunned everybody with his fearless approach, not once looking daunted, and even made a case to be an England regular by scoring a spectacular goal against France.

Ross Barkley 6 7
Dele Alli 5 3

This season it is Barkley who has been more productive in terms of generating goals for his side, contributing 13 for Everton, with Alli behind with eight combined Premier League goals or assists.

Nobody is doubting Alli's potential, but Redknapp's comment that he is already ahead of Barkley, who is enjoying an excellent season, illustrates how highly regarded he is already.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch