By Alex Taylor

Tottenham starlet Dele Alli has been shortlisted for the 2016 Golden Boy award.

The trophy is given to the strongest young player in Europe and has previously been won by Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Paul Pogba.

Alli is alongside a host of the Premier League’s best emerging talent in-line for the award including Marcus Rashford, Kelechi Iheanacho, Leroy Sane and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The award, founded in 2003 by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, gave Anthony Martial the coveted prize last year.

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Other notable names short-listed include Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman and Renato Sanches.

Alli has thrived under Mauricio Pochettino scoring 11 goal and providing 11 assists in 54 games for the north London outfit.

The youngster was the lead creative talent in Tottenham’s title push in 2015-16 and has helped Spurs start strongly this term, too.

Pochettino’s side have collected 14 points from their opening six matches this season and currently sit in second place in the Premier League.

The youngster will now be hoping to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest players and win the award.

In other Tottenham news, Tom Carroll has doubled his wages to £35,000-a-week after signing a new Spurs contract, Football Insider sources understand.