'It all happened so quickly' - Dele on England debut
16 October 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli has lifted the lid on his train of thought when he discovered he was going to make his senior England debut at Wembley.
The 19-year-old midfielder, snapped up from MK Dons earlier this year, continued his impressive rise to stardom when he was named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for last week’s matches against Estonia and Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifying.
On the bench for the first game at Wembley Stadium last Friday, he was called upon in the closing stages to replace Ross Barkley in central midfield – shortly after Raheem Sterling had put the Three Lions 2-0 up.
It represented the latest step in the right direction for the youngster after a series of eye-catching displays in our colours this term and, upon his return to Hotspur Way, he spoke about his excitement in the moments leading up to his introduction against Estonia.
“It happened really quickly on the night,” revealed Dele, who went on to get further game time in Monday’s 3-0 victory in Lithuania, having only made his England Under-21s debut last month.
“I was excited – I’d been wanting to get out there from the moment we started warming up at Wembley.
“Obviously everyone wants to play and as soon as we scored the second goal the coaching team told me to get changed straight away, so I made sure I was ready.
“To be honest I felt like I was ready as soon as I got the call-up. I just wanted to get out there and play, so I’m happy I got some minutes.”
With Spurs team-mates Harry Kane, Andros Townsend and Kyle Walker also in the England squad, Dele thanked the trio for showing him the ropes at senior international level.
“Those three definitely helped me,” he added. “It’s a lot different to the Under-21s and the other age groups so it was nice that they could look out for me and that made it a lot easier.
“Obviously being here at Spurs and playing in the Premier League has helped me a lot, too.”