Gary Lineker discloses the prediction he made about Dele Alli in the summer

Gary Lineker has had faith in Tottenham’s Dele Alli since the summer.

Speaking to the Times, Gary Lineker has admitted that before the start of the season he predicted Dele Alli would be in England squad at the European Championship this summer.

Lineker said: “I took a bit of a punt at the beginning of the season, saying Alli might break into the England squad at the Euros, and then he started playing really well. Now I don’t think it’s a question of whether he will be in the squad, it’s whether he will be in the team.”

Alli has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League this season, putting in dominating midfield displays for Spurs, as they have grown to realistic title contenders.

The 19-year-old was playing in League One this time last season, but he has taken the top flight by storm, with five goals and two assists in 18 games, drawing positive comparisons with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Since appearing for Spurs, Alli has also shot up the England international set-up.

He made his debut for the Under-21s back in September, before making his senior debut one month later, going on to make four appearances, and scoring a lovely long-range goal against France at Wembley.

Alli has enjoyed a rise of majestic proportions, and Lineker has admitted that before the season he put a punt on the youngster to be in the England squad for the Euros this summer.

Now, however, it is not a case of if Alli will be called up, it is a case of will he start. And for many fans of English football, the answer would be a resounding yes.

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