Dele Alli has just four appearances for England's U19 youth team. He has two caps for England's U21 side, and didn't make the preliminary squad for last summer's U21 EURO Championships. But on the back of some impressive performances in the Premier League this season, the 19 year old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has earned his first call up to the senior England national team squad for upcoming EURO qualifiers in early October.
BREAKING: @IngsDanny and @dele_alli36 earn first England senior call-ups http://t.co/mAOqe2dNG8 pic.twitter.com/rzIyAS70B0— England (@england) October 1, 2015
Alli and striker Harry Kane are Tottenham's two representatives on Roy Hodgson's England squad that will face Estonia on Friday, October 9 at Wembley Stadium, and at Lithuania in Vilnius on Monday, October 12. It is, of course, a remarkable achievement for Alli, whether or not he actually makes it onto the pitch for the qualifiers. However, with England having 24 points and a commanding lead in Group E, it's within the realm of possibility that Hodgson experiments a little with lineups and gives Dele his first cap.
Elsewhere, Eric Dier, whom most thought might get a senior call-up of his own, was named to England's U21 squad. Harry Winks and Nathan Oduwa were named to England's U20 side, and Josh Onomah, who is currently in Monaco for Spurs' Europa League tie, was called up to England's U19 setup.