Paul Ince has lauded the ability of Dele Alli but admits the Tottenham midfielder is still “very immature” and needs to be wiser.
Alli is expected to be a key player for England at Euro 2016 after being named in Roy Hodgson’s final 23-man squad following a superb breakthrough campaign in the Premier League.
However, the 20-year-old has displayed a short temper on occasions and was suspended for the final three matches of the season after punching West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob, leading to worries that the former MK Dons prodigy could let the team down this summer.
“His rise has been really quick and one of the best things about him is his character,” Ince told FourFourTwo.
“You can tell he’s got some inner strength and that’s helped him cope with moving up through the game quite quickly. He’s got a good mindset, he knows what he wants to achieve in the game and what he needs to do to get there.
“He’s still got a lot to learn and it’s important that we don’t get too carried away about him. Some of the stuff Dele does is very immature. He makes some silly tackles and he can kick out at people. That’s where he’s got to learn and improve.”
Former Manchester United midfielder Ince, who won 53 caps for England, witnessed the talent of Alli while manager of MK Dons.
And the 48-year-old insists there is no ceiling to Alli’s potential ability.
“He’s got potential to be anyone he wants to be,” he added.
“He reminds me a little bit of Steven Gerrard. He’s got a similar build, he can tackle, he makes great runs into the box – he’s a goalscoring midfielder, and we don’t get too many of those.
“Dele is clever and he’s got all the attributes to succeed, because he can do everything.”