In the latest England news, captain Harry Kane has piled the praise on Dele Alli ahead of the 2018 World Cup and claimed he can “change a game in a second”.
The Tottenham pair are currently preparing for this summer’s tournament in Russia and Kane is expected to lead the line under coach Gareth Southgate.
His form in front of goal helped Spurs reach the FA Cup final and qualify for the Champions League but Alli’s place is not guaranteed.
The 22-year-old scored nine goals and grabbed 10 assists as Spurs finished third in the Premier League but the playmaker faces some stern competition for a spot in the starting XI.
Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all challenging Alli for a placing in the side for the opening game against Tunisia n June 18.
Despite the external doubts, Kane believes Alli has the ability to lead England’s midfield to success in Russia.
“Dele has scored goals, assisted goals and he’s a game-changer,” Kane told his club’s official website. “He has that ability where he can change a game in a second.
“You saw that earlier this season at Stamford Bridge with his great run, great touch and great finish to win us the game. In the big moments in the big games he’s there – and he enjoys those moments.
“I think sometimes people lose sight of his age. He just has to stay positive, keep doing what he’s doing year after year and be consistent – that’s most important.”
England will face Tunisia, Panama on June 24 and Belgium four days later in Group G this summer and the Three Lions are priced at 6/5 to win the group with bet365.