Roy Hodgson: Dele Alli can be new Robbo

England manager Roy Hodgson believes Dele Alli can become the new Bryan Robson and will give the Tottenham teenager another chance to shine when inexperienced England face world champions Germany.

Roy Hodgson: Dele Alli can be new Robbo

The 19-year-old’s rapid rise shows no sign of slowing, having seamlessly transformed from League One prospect at MK Dons to Premier League star at White Hart Lane.

Alli’s displays are helping Tottenham push for a first league title since 1961 and have made him the bookmakers’ favourite to cap his maiden top-flight campaign with the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Those displays have also gained Hodgson’s trust and will see the teenager start a second England match on Saturday, ahead of which the manager compared the midfielder to ‘Captain Marvel’ Robson.

“He could do anything in that midfield position,” Hodgson said of Alli’s potential. “I think he can be box-to-box, a number 10, if you like to call it that, or a number six.

“He could be any of them because he has genuine all-round ability. He can challenge, he can run, he can fight for the ball, he can see a pass, he can score a goal.

“You mention Bryan Robson — that’s the player I would like to think he could become, but don’t forget we’re talking about a 19-year-old.

“It’s so dangerous these things because he’s at the start of his career and we hope it is going to be a very long one, both for Spurs and for England.

“But we believe in him and we think he is good. If I hadn’t have believed in him, I wouldn’t have put in the team tomorrow night because we’re going to go out there and try and win this game.”

Victory may be the goal but those charged with achieving that boast just 161 England caps between them — by contrast, Germany’s Lukas Podolski has 126 to his name.

Jack Butland has been given the nod ahead of Fraser Forster in goal, with Nathaniel Clyne, Chris Smalling, and captain Gary Cahill joined by debutant Danny Rose in defence. Adam Lallana, Danny Welbeck — making his first England appearance in a year — and Harry Kane form the attacking trio in front of a midfield containing Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier and Alli.

It means there will be four Spurs players in the starting line-up.

With captain Wayne Rooney, first-choice keeper Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Ryan Bertrand, Luke Shaw, and Fabian Delph all missing out through injury this time, there are opportunities opening up for players who may have been facing a summer holiday rather than competitive action.

Rose and Danny Drinkwater could make their debuts, while there are a number of other players looking to assure themselves of a place in the reckoning.

Hodgson often stays loyal to players whom he has developed trust in, with Welbeck recalled after overcoming a 10-month injury lay-off and Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott also included despite his poor club form.

“We will have three more games before the final squad is selected,” Hodgson said.

“It is by no means a be-all and end-all situation but at the the same time we take the game very seriously and I shall learn some important lessons I’m sure.

“I can’t guarantee that every single player will get 90 minutes in a game but, at the same time, in principle we are going to utilise the whole squad and at least give people the chance, in these final encounters before I have to name the 23, to put a marker down.”

Meanwhile Germany coach Joachim Low has hailed England and Leicester striker Jamie Vardy as a “spectacular player” ahead of today’s friendly meeting in Berlin.

The 29-year-old has hit 19 goals this season to help take Leicester five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

“He is a spectacular player,” Low said.

“He is straightforward and is always looking to find the gap in the defence and get in behind the defence.

“That is where it hurts the most and I think that is one of his biggest qualities.”

Vardy’s Leicester team-mate Robert Huth. has not been capped by Germany in almost a decade but Low says he would have no qualms bringing him back to the fold.

“I’m very happy about his performances in the Premier League,” he said of the 31-year-old.

“I know if something happens with our defenders we can call him. We do have a lot of defenders in our pocket but we could call him.”

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