By Alex Taylor

Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg believes Dele Alli can become a film star after he retires from football.

Alli, 20, signed a new six-year contract with Spurs on Monday, tying him to the club until 2022.

Actor and director Wahlberg believes there may be an alternative career path for the England international when his playing days come to an end.

“I think he plays until his mid-thirties and then he comes to Hollywood and we make him an action hero,” Wahlberg told Tottenham’s official Twitter account.

“We are going to start him out with action movies while he’s young and then we can put him in some romantic comedies.

“I don’t know if he can sing, I don’t do musicals myself so I wouldn’t steer him in the musical direction.”

The Tottenham starlet moved to White Hart Lane in 2015 for £5million from MK Dons.

Alli has gone on to make 52 appearances for the club during his stay, scoring 11 goals and providing 11 assists, and establishing himself as one of Europe’s outstanding young players.

He has featured in all six of Spurs’ opening matches this term, finding the net once in his side’s emphatic 4-0 win against Stoke in early September.

The youngster was named the Premier League Young Player of the Season in his last domestic campaign.

Tottenham take on Gillingham in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening and Alli will be hoping to continue his progress and play a starring role in the fixture.

In other Tottenham news, this former striker has been slapped with a fine after being convicted for drug offences.