Tottenham striker Harry Kane believes his Spurs team mates Dele Alli desereved the elevation to the senior England set-up despite his little experience at Under-21 level.
The Nigerian youngster was surprisingly named ahead of Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania, having made only two appearances for the England Under-21s.
The 19-year-old arrived at Tottenham last summer and he has played nine times for the club, impressing with his skills and box-to-box drive. He put in his latest strong performance in the 1-1 Europa League draw at Monaco on Thursday night.
And Kane who made his England breakthrough last season believes that Dele’s age is no more than a number as he Dele has a lot to offer the Three Lions
“He is a great talent and you don’t always have to have played in the Under-21s for a year or two before stepping up to the first team. He has come in for us, played in Europe and gained great experience for international football.
“You don’t always have to go with the 21s for two years and wait for your chance. If you are good enough, sometimes you deserve to be called up straight away and that is the case.
“He has deserved this – he has been outstanding for us this season. For such a young lad, he has settled very well. Everyone here is very proud of him. I don’t think he can wait to get going for England.” Kane said as quoted on the Guardian.
Kane benefited from the presence of some of his Tottenham team-mates in the England squad when he was first called up and he said that he would keep an eye out for Dele.