His first England start at Wembley alongside team-mate, friend and ‘big brother’ Eric Dier marked by a wonder goal against another team-mate, Hugo Lloris and a Man of the Match performance described as ‘faultless’ by his national manager, Roy Hodgson as the Three Lions toppled France 2-0 on an emotional night at the national stadium.
Still only 19, the youngster who has made such a big impression at Spurs so far this season did it on the biggest stage of all.
His team-mates were delighted for him
and speaking to Spurs TV afterwards at Wembley, where he was the talk of the media mixed zone, Dele once again gave us that feeling that he was taking it all in his stride.
“It’s a proud moment for me and to do it here at Wembley is something special,” he said. “To get the call-up, to get on the pitch and then score was great moment for me.
“I found out (I was starting) on Monday and saw my name up there with Eric, so that was a great moment for us as well, and for Tottenham.”
As for his goal, Dele started the move himself, winning a crunching tackle with Morgan Schneiderlin before getting the ball back off Wayne Rooney and letting fly from 25 yards.
Dele, who has made 16 appearances for us this term (11 starts), was quick to point out that it made amends for an earlier chance that was weighing on his mind.
“It was a 50-50 tackle but I won it and they dropped off,” he recalled on his goal. “I had a chance before when Harry picked me out and I didn’t take a great touch and I wanted to make up for that. Thankfully, I did.”