Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore said on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Sunday evening (February 7) that Dele Alli will make a bigger impact for England than Ross Barkley in the coming years.
Alli, who is just 19 years of age, plays for Tottenham Hotspur at the moment, while 22-year-old Barkley is currently on the books of Everton.
Collymore seems to rate the Tottenham midfielder more than his Everton counterpart, and has said that he is his favourite England player at the moment.
“Every tournament, I get an England shirt with my favourite player at that time,” said the former England international striker on the Call Collymore show on talkSPORT on Sunday evening (February 7). “This year at the Euros, I am going to take my England shirt, and it’s going to have the name ‘Dele Alli' on the back."
“I think he will have a much bigger impact for England over next five to six years than Ross Barkley,” added Collymore. “That’s my humble opinion.”
Alli is enjoying a superb season for Tottenham and is arguably the best teenage footballer in the Premier League at the moment.
The youngster is a complete midfielder - he can tackle, he can score goals, he can create chances, he has help out defensively, and he has good speed.
Barkley has some similarities with Alli, but he is more attack-minded and has also been in great form this season.
The 22-year-old England international has scored eight goals and created 39 chances in 25 Premier League appearances for Everton so far this season.
The youngster has a pass accuracy of 88% and a shot accuracy of 55%, and has won 18 headers, 82 dribbles and 12 tackles.
Alli has scored seven goals and created 32 chances in 23 Premier League games for Spurs so far this season.
The England international has a pass accuracy of 77% and a shot accuracy of 59%, and has won 25 headers, 20 dribbles and 37 tackles.