By Coral Barry
Dele Alli has an aura similar to Paul Gascoigne’s when he lit up Euro 96, according to Teddy Sheringham.
Former England and Tottenham star Sheringham played with midfield maestro Gascogine at the tournament in which Terry Venables’ team reached the semi-finals and can see similar traits in Alli.
The 19-year-old Tottenham star was a pivotal figure in England’s remarkable 3-2 comeback win over Germany in Berlin on Saturday and Sheringham is convinced Alli has what it takes to emulate an England great.
“He had that aura about him in Berlin that Paul Gascoigne had about him at the beginning of his career,” said Sheringham speaking to the Mirror at the UEFA 2016 trophy tour stop at Wembley.
“It was almost if Dele Alli was saying: ‘Come and try and get the ball off me. And even if you’ve got the ball I’ll nick it off you then I’m going to wander away from you and you won’t get it off me’.
“Gazza used to do that. It had a lovely feel to it, I was very impressed.
“You can’t coach that kind of mentality and self-belief. It was in Gazza and Dele Alli seems to have something similar.”
Alli joined Spurs from League One side MK Dons last January and has been a revelation in his debut Premier League campaign as the north Londoners push to win their first top-flight title since 1961.
Sheringham arrived at Tottenham the same year Gascoigne left, but the two played together at international level before Gascoigne began his descent from the highest level.
The former striker believes that Alli’s spell spent learning his trade in the lower leagues will stand him in good stead.
Sheringham said: “Dele Alli is slightly different to Gazza in that he’s had his [League One] time with MK Dons whereas Gazza burst straight on the scene with Newcastle.
“But he is still producing what he did in those lower league days playing against the better players. Long may it continue for Spurs and England too.”