Roy Hodgson makes a bold comparison about Tottenham's Dele Alli

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Roy Hodgson has suggested that Dele Alli could become the next Bryan Robson.

England manager Roy Hodgson has told Sky Sports that he thinks Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli could become the next Bryan Robson.

The Three Lions are in action against long-time rivals Germany at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Saturday evening, with both teams looking to prepare for this summer's European Championships by facing each other in a friendly.

England boss Hodgson is likely to experiment with some of his team selections, and one player in line to play is Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli.

The Spurs teenager has hit seven goals and nine assists for Mauricio Pochettino's men this season, and even announced himself on the international stage by scoring a stunning long-range strike for England against France back in November.

Alli has been receiving plaudits throughout the season, and now England boss Hodgson has had his say on the former Milton Keynes Dons wonderkid.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hodgson suggested that Alli could even become as good as former England captain Bryan Robson, who notched 26 goals in 90 appearances for his country.

Hodgson did attempt to calm some things down though, reminding people that Alli is just 19, though he did also suggest that Alli could play in any position in midfield, whether that's as a number 10 behind a striker, or even as a number six, with a more deep-lying role.

"He could do anything in that midfield position," said Hodgson. "I think he can be box-to-box, a No 10, if you like to call it that, or a No 6. He could be any of them because he has genuine all-round ability. He can challenge, he can run, he can fight for the ball, he can see a pass, he can score a goal. You mention Bryan Robson - that's the player I would like to think he could become, but don't forget we're talking about a 19-year-old.

"It's so dangerous these things because he's at the start of his career and we hope it is going to be a very long one, both for Spurs and for England. But we believe in him and we think he is good. If I hadn't have believed in him, I wouldn't have put him in the team tomorrow night because we're going to go out there and try and win this game," he added.

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