Glenn Hoddle believes Wayne Rooney’s England spot is under threat from rising Tottenham star

Tottenham’s youngster Dele Alli has emerged as one of the most exciting youth prospects in Premier League this season.

The 19-year old, who was playing for MK Dons in League Two last season, has made everyone stand up and take notice of his talent this season.

The Spurs midfielder has scored six goals and provided four assists in 21 league appearances this season, and some of his goals have been nothing short of spectacular.

The most remarkable one being the one he scored against Crystal Palace on January 23:

Former Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle has been left impressed by Alli’s talents, and he claims that the emergence of Alli has put Wayne Rooney’s place in the national team at European Championships under threat.

He told ESPN FC:

“I like the idea of Rooney playing in the hole behind Kane, and that’s a role which would suit him at this stage of his career, but Alli is pushing hard to claim that position for himself at the moment.

‘There is always a lot of hype around young players who catch the eye, and that is especially the case when they are English. Comparisons to myself are not something I want to get into, and it would not help him to be compared to anyone.

“He should be viewed as a great young talent in his own right, and I’m not too surprised to see how well he is doing this season because I saw him at MK Dons last season and he always looked so calm on the ball, so comfortable in his surroundings.”


Alli signed for Spurs for a £5 million transfer fee from MK Dons on a five-and-a-half-year deal last year. After completing his transfer in February, he spent the second half of the season on loan at the League One club before joining Tottenham at the start of the current 2015/2016 season.

Related posts

Leave a Comment