Tottenham midfielder admits he faces fight to stay in England team

Dele Alli says is not taking his place in Roy Hodgson's side for granted despite being tipped as the future of the Three Lions midfield.

Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli has told the club's official website that he knows he faces an almighty to get into Roy Hodgson's England starting XI ahead of Euro 2016.

The 19-year-old has been named in the Three Lions squad for this week's friendly internationals against Germany and the Netherlands and it has been confirmed that he will start against the world champions as Hodgson looks to find out his best team ahead of the summer tournament in France.

Alli has enjoyed an excellent debut season in the top flight since moving to White Hart Lane from MK Dons, scoring seven goals in 42 appearances in all competitions for Spurs and winning four international caps, scoring in his last England appearance against France in the autumn.

However, he insists he is not taking his place in the England squad for granted and acknowledges that he faces an almight fight to prove to Hodgson that he deserves to be a regular in the side whilst still a teenager.

Alli told the club's official website: "Everyone is fighting for a place in the squad and in the team. It’s not going to be easy and I’m sure Roy Hodgson and the England staff will pick a good squad. Whoever gets a place will be honoured and privileged to be there.

"We [Tottenham players] look out for each other and it will be good to put on an England shirt again. It’s always an honour to put on the England shirt and to do it with some of the boys from Spurs makes it even better."

Players and pundits alike are tipping Alli to shine for England in the future after making such an explosive impact, and there are already calls for him to be one of the first names on the teamsheet in midfield at Euro 2016.

Former England midfielder Matt Le Tissier said on Thursday that Alli's deadly understanding and link-up play with Spurs and Three Lions striker Harry Kane should be enough to earn the pair starting spots in Hodgson's side.

England face Germany in Berlin on Saturday evening before hosting the Netherlands on Tuesday.

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