Hodgson: Who knows where Alli will end up?

Date published: Thursday 1st October 2015 2:31

England coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday handed Dele Alli his first senior England call-up and admitted the sky is the limit for the Tottenham youngster.

The 19-year-old only arrived at Tottenham in the summer from MK Dons, but he has impressed in both the holding and No 10 role for Spurs and Hodgson has admitted to being impressed by him.

Hodgson said: “He has only just broken into the Tottenham team but we have been very impressed by what we have seen.

“We are a year away from France so the thinking is it’s a good opportunity for him to come with us, when so many midfield players are missing through injury, that we can get to know him better. Who knows where he will end up? He’s a very exciting talent.”

Liverpool striker Danny Ings has also won his first call and is one of five forwards in the squad with Hodgson having seen the other four – Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and captain Wayne Rooney – all score in the Premier League last weekend.

The Liverpool striker has 13 Under-21 caps and Hodgson is happy to finally have him involved at senior level, adding: “He is someone we followed very closely at Burnley last year but we didn’t have a chance to bring him in with us because of the Under-21 tournament.

“He was an important member of the Under-21s and we never felt we could rob them to have him with us. Now he is a senior and it is a good opportunity to bring him in – especially now he has been playing at Liverpool and scoring.”

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