By Coral Barry
Dele Alli has what it takes to be the star of the summer’s European Championships as well as the England team, according to the BBC punditry team led by Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker.
The BBC pundits team for the tournament were unanimous in their views on the effectiveness of the Tottenham midfielder as they spoke ahead of England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia on Saturday.
Alli, 20, has been a revelation at Spurs this season since making the step up from League Two to Premier League look effortless and Ferdinand believes he has what he takes to go up another level this summer.
“So far in his career at every single levels he’s had to step up to, he’s produced,” the former Manchester United defender told the BBC.
Lineker was in agreement with Ferdinand, but also had his eye on another Spurs star lighting up the tournament.
The former Tottenham striker said: “Let’s hope one or two English players star as well this summer, perhaps Dele Alli or Harry Kane.”
Danny Murphy added that Alli’s achievements this season have been “remarkable”, while fellow BBC pundit Danny Mills explained why he thinks the youngster is in line for an excellent summer.
“He’s just got that edge, something a little bit different that sets him apart and I think he could be one of the outstanding players of the tournament,” said Mills.
Tottenham’s players dominate the England squad with Kane and Alli joined by Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Kyle Walker in the side.
It remains to be seen whether Alli gets the nod ahead of more experienced options in midfield or whether Kane has done enough to convince Roy Hodgson he should start up front.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have opened talks with a club for their Holland striker that grabbed 32 goals this season.