By Dominic Toner
Tottenham playmaker Dele Alli has revealed that Real Madrid and Germany star Toni Kroos is the best player he has ever faced.
Spurs’ attacking midfielder has come up against some of the biggest names in the world during games for his club and England.
Allí has picked out Madrid’s central midfielder Kroos as the best of the bunch and claims it’s impossible to get near him on a football pitch.
“Toni Kroos for Real Madrid and Germany – on his day you can’t get close to him,” Alli told website Hypebeast. “Obviously you want to be thinking about your own game but when you’re pressing, it’s quite annoying when he can just pop the ball off so easy — he’s just a joy to watch.”
Alli lined up against Kroos in an international friendly that England beat Germany in 3-2 in March 2016.
The pair locked horns again last month in another friendly between the nations that Germany edged 1-0, with Lukas Podolski bowing out of the international stage in style.
Kroos has become renowned as one of the best central midfielders in the world and helped win the World Cup with Germany in 2014.
The 27-year-old plays his club football at the Bernabeu after leaving boyhood club Bayern Munich in 2014.
He is an ever-present in Zinedine Zidane’s side and has made 38 appearances this campaign, scoring two goals and supplying 15 assists.
Kroos is well recognised for his brilliant passing accuracy and technical ability, as well as his long shots and set-piece delivery.
Alli is emerging as one the best young talents in Europe and the 21-year-old will hope to make a similar impact as Kroos.
The Englishman has made 42 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring 19 goals and supplying 10 assists in return.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to comments made by Gareth Bale.