By Coral Barry
Alan Shearer believes Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier must start for England at the European Championships in the summer.
The Tottenham trio have been the backbone of a Spurs’ title charge this year with Kane getting his 20th and 21st league goals of the season in the 3-0 win against Bournemouth on Sunday.
England head to France in June in a bid to win their first ever Euros and, speaking on Match of the Day 2, Shearer is convinced that Tottenham’s young stars should be the first names on the teamsheet.
“100%, I’d also start with Eric Dier in there,” said Shearer when asked if Kane and Alli should start at the Euros. “There’s no doubt about it. I’d start with Dier sitting in front, with Dele Alli just in behind Harry Kane.
“Kane is on fire this season, he should be an automatic in that England team now.”
Shearer described the relationship between Alli and Kane as ‘telepathic’ after watching the Bournemouth victory.
Alli has now provided seven assists for his fellow countryman in the league this campaign.
With each player under the age of 23, much has been said of the future of English football, but Shearer is adamant the Tottenham youngsters have already reached the top of the national team queue after a wonderful season.
His fellow BBC pundit Danny Murphy agreed but admitted that Alli could be a potential spanner in the works for England.
The former Liverpool midfielder said: “Completely agree about Harry Kane and from an ability stand-point with Dele Alli, yes [he must start].
“The only slight concern with Alli is that there are some games where you see the fire come out of him a bit.
“He goes in for a few rash tackles and gets himself into a few skirmishes. At international level that could be a problem.”
The Premier League is now on a two-week break because of internationals with Alli, Dier and Kane all selected for England’s friendlies with Germany and the Netherlands.
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