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Dutch coach raves about very special Tottenham star Dele Alli

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli's stock continues to rise and the Netherlands boss regards him as special.

Netherlands boss Danny Blind has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur and England boast a "very special" player in the form of young rising star Dele Alli, quoted by ESPN.

The 19-year-old midfielder enhanced his burgeoning credentials with a wonderful performance as the Three Lions came from two goals down to beat Germany 3-2 in Saturday night's friendly win in Berlin.

For his club, the former MK Dons ace has been one of the driving forces behind Spurs' Premier League title bid as the Lilywhites sit five points behind leaders Leicester City with seven games to go.

Blind's troops come up against the English at Wembley tonight, and the Dutch manager warns his boys to keep an eye on the young Tottenham sensation - if he does indeed play.

"It's special when you are 2-0 down against Germany and win 2-3 in Germany, that's very special," the 54-year-old said via ESPN.

"There was a good spirit, and tactically, they have good pressure with the three up front to disturb the build-up from Germany, and they were successful.

"[Dele Alli] was very special. He's a good player, technical, has a good shot, but he's also aggressive, he will win a lot of tackles, so he's a special player."


For only 19, Alli does seem to have a talent which belies his youthful age, but it is important for his managers at both levels - Roy Hodgson and Mauricio Pochettino - to keep him as grounded as possible.


Should he continue in this vein of form, the hype will only increase and such pressures can hinder a footballer at any age, let alone one who is just starting his career.

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