Coach Mauricio Pochettino has thrown his weight behind rave of the moment Dele Alli to go to Euro 2016 with England after he made his international debut against Estonia last Friday.
Though the Tottenham boss missed Alli’s first England appearance when he came on with just three minutes remaining – he did see the youngster in action during Tuesday night’s game when Alli played for 23 minutes in England’s 3-0 win in Lithuania.
The 19-year old, who has started in Tottenham’s last three games, including the 4-1 win against Manchester City, appeared composed on the international stage and Pochettino believes if he continues to improve at his current rate, he could make Roy Hodgson’s final squad for Euro 2016.
“It’s not a question for me, it’s a question for Roy,” The Spurs boss quoted on Sky Sports. “But in football it’s all about performances. If he follows in the same way the way he has played in the last few months, maybe he’ll have the opportunity to go.
“It’s not about how old he is. Football is not about names, or ages, it’s about performances. If he follows in the same way as he has done in recent months, then maybe. I watched the second game and his first touch was great – and I’m happy with how he has come back to us.”
Alli was initially eligible to play for Nigeria but he opted to pledge his international future to England same way as Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe.