Arsenal legend Ray Parlour insists Tottenham duo are vital for England

Dele Alli celebrates with Harry Kane after scoring the first goal for Tottenham

Tottenham could have up to five players representing the club for the national side tonight as England face Russia in their opening Group B encounter.

England's Harry Kane and Dele Alli look dejected after Hakan Calhanoglu scored the first goal for TurkeyRay Parlour believes England's hopes rest heavily on the shoulders of Spurs duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News HQ, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour risked the wrath of Gunners fans by highlighting Tottenham Hotspur stars Dele Alli and Harry Kane as key players in England's hopes of success at Euro 2016.

Parlour, who has 10 caps for the Three Lions, highlighted the Spurs' youngsters as pivotal to English hopes, and he explained to Sky Sports how the understanding between the two could be beneficial for their national team:

"You've always got to look at links, and Dele Alli and Harry Kane were excellent last season for Spurs. You can see the way Harry Kane made his runs and Dele Alli found him with great assists, and he scored goals as well."

The Tottenham pair combined for 35 goals and 10 assists during last season's Premier League and they will be hoping to take that outstanding form on throughout the Euros. 

Whilst Kane is almost assured of his starting spot, Alli's inclusion in the side is rather more uncertain, with manager Roy Hodsgon facing the dilemma of who to start in midfield. England Captain Wayne Rooney, Eric Dier, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and the aforementioned Alli are all in contention, so at least two of those will be left disappointed.

Harry Kane celebrates with Dele Alli after scoring the third goal for TottenhamKane and Alli developed a fantastic understanding last season for Tottenham

Parlour feels Alli is vital to England, however, and lavished praise on the 20-year-old:

"He looks fearless, he goes out there and enjoys his football. You've got to get him in the game. Going forward, the key to it is Harry Kane making those runs and Dele Alli finding him."

England vs Russia will kick off at 8pm BST in Marseille's Stade Velodrome.

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