Former Tottenham Hotspur captain Ledley King believes Dele Alli has earned his place in the England set-up and a starting spot at Euro 2016 could be on the cards.
The 19-year-old joined the Premier League outfit in February 2015 from MK Dons for a reported £5million and was immediately loaned back to his former club for the remainder of that campaign.
He was integrated into Spurs‘ first team plans last summer and the midfielder has hit the ground running after establishing himself as a regular starter under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The former City Colts youth player has scored seven goals in 24 Premier League appearances and the impressive performances have helped the club climb to second place in the table, just two points behind Leicester City.
Alli’s displays have also been rewarded with a place in England’s squad and back in November he scored the opening goal in his first international start in the 2-0 win against France at Wembley.
The Spurs ace is one of the most promising talents in England right now and national boss Roy Hodgson is being tipped to at least include him in the final Euro 2016 squad.
However, King has gone one further than that and the ex-defender believes Alli has enough ability and confidence to start for the Three Lions at the major tournament this summer.
“With his eye for goal, he is a little bit different to most midfielders and his versatility gives him a great chance of forcing his way in,” he said. “He has earned the right to be talked about as a possible starter.”
England, who are 11.00 to win the Euros, have been drawn against Russia, Slovakia and Wales and the 1966 World Cup winners are priced at 1.91 to win their group.