James Milner compares Dele Alli's breakthrough to his time at Leeds United

The England star has come through the ranks at Milton Keynes Dons and is now starring for Tottenham Hotspur.

Dele Alli has certainly made a massive impression this season. The Tottenham Hotspur youngster has burst onto the scene in the Premier League and now looks like a shoe-in for an England starting place at the European Championships this summer.

The 19-year-old first burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old at Milton Keynes Dons and one England team-mate who knows what that is like is Liverpool man James Milner.

The 58-cap international made his debut for Leeds United as a 16-year-old back in 2002, and became the youngest ever Premier League scorer at the time just a month later.

This week Milner has been discussing the Spurs star and compared his situation to the one he found himself in at Leeds United.

He is quoted by The Guardian as stating:

“Everyone’s career has ups and downs.

“When things are going well don’t get carried away and likewise when it is going poorly just keep concentrating and keep working hard.

“The senior players had a big impact on me at Leeds. It was a different game at that time - there were different rules with the older players and they’d give you a kick up the arse if you step out of line.

“We won’t be doing that but I’m sure we won’t have to.”

Milner is of course hoping that he can now help Alli progress for England, just as the experienced players at Leeds did for him during the early stages of his career.

Referring to Leeds now the club certainly has its fair share of top young talents at the moment.

Unfortunately for the likes of Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook they do not have many experienced players to share wisdom around them like Milner did during his formative Elland Road years.

But in the modern game, as Milner made clear, this is becoming less prevalent.

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