Martin Keown praises Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane

England's Dele Alli in action

Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane are key for England, according to Martin Keown.

England's Harry Kane

Former England and Arsenal defender Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that he thinks Harry Kane will be England's key player at the European Championships.

France kicked off Euro 2016 with a 2-1 win over Romania in Saint-Denis on Friday night, and whilst Albania face Switzerland and Wales take on Slovakia later today, much of the focus will be on England.

England's Dele Alli during training

The Three Lions start their campaign with a game against Russia in Marseille, with Roy Hodgson's men looking to start their tournament with a win at the Stade Velodrome.

England head into the tournament having won all ten of their qualifying games, and also won all three of their pre-tournament friendlies, with excitement building about a young, vibrant England squad.

England's Harry Kane

Now, pundit Martin Keown - an ex-Arsenal defender and former England international - has been speaking to the Daily Mail about their chances of winning the competition, and picked out two Tottenham stars as key players for England.

Keown believes that striker Harry Kane is England's star man and great hope, and thinks the 22-year-old striker could continue his outstanding goalscoring exploits in France this summer thanks to being around so many of his Spurs team-mates.

Keown also picked out Dele Alli as the young player to watch for England, predicting that whilst the Three Lions do have young talents like John Stones, Eric Dier, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, it will be Alli who will steal the show from England's young players, as opposing midfielders will struggle to cope with him.

England's Dele Alli in action with Turkey's Gokhan GonulEngland's Dele Alli in action with Turkey's Gokhan Gonul

"He has a superb eye for goal, but also the intelligence of a continental striker — and this could be key if he is to succeed at his first major tournament," said Keown. "The 22-year-old scored seven goals in nine European games during his first season in the Tottenham first team, and having so many of his Spurs team-mates in the squad will make Euro 2016 feel like a club situation for him."

"I would love to see Marcus Rashford get a chance, but I think Dele Alli will have the biggest impact of England’s younger players. The Tottenham midfielder is almost guaranteed to start, and if he plays anything like he did for most of last season — when he chipped in with 10 goals and 11 assists in all competitions — he will do very well indeed. The 20-year-old will cover plenty of distance, put in tackles and help out his front men. I think most other midfielders in this tournament will struggle to deal with his energy and athleticism," he added.

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