“I’ve seen nothing like him. The kid will be one of the best. He’s on another planet,” said Karl Robinson on September 28, 2013. And he’s being proved right by England goal-scorer Dele Alli.
The MK lad has taken like a duck-to-water to Premier League life with Tottenham Hotspur, and after a couple of games adapting to life in the England camp, made the step to international football with aplomb.
On Tuesday night, in an emotional night at Wembley as England took on France, the 19-year-old took the bull by the horns and ran the show.
Not content with just impressing on a domestic level, Alli’s international credentials were given a huge shot in the arm by his man of the match performance, capped with a stunning strike from 25 yards to give England the first half lead - not bad from the boy who was playing League 1 football for MK Dons as recently as May.
“Words can’t describe this feeling,” he wrote on Twitter as his name trended worldwide. “Delighted to get my first goal for England tonight at Wembley and win 2-0! Thanks for all the messages.”
And while some predicted Alli will lead England for years to come, the man himself is keeping firmly grounded, choosing not to think about a potential spot in Roy Hodgson’s plans for the European Championships next summer.
He said: “I’m not going to look too far forward. I have a lot to learn.
“I’m just going to go back to Tottenham and keep doing as well as I can.”