Former England captain Bryan Robson has said Dele Alli could potentially be the star for the Three Lions at the 2018 World Cup in Russia if he continues his rate of progress.
England are top of World Cup qualifying Group F, with 10 points from four games, and are on course to book their place at the Fifa showpiece tournament next year.
Tottenham star Alli has made himself central to current manager Gareth Southgate’s plans and his 24 goals from midfield in less than two Premier League seasons with the north Londoners means he will be a marked man in Russia.
‘Captain Marvel’ Robson, who scored 26 goals in 90 appearances for his country, says the World Cup will provide Alli with the platform to confirm his status as a world-class talent.
“He’s a great player, there’s no getting away from that – he can score goals, he’s got great energy levels, very good technical ability,” Manchester United legend Robson told Omnisport.
“He can be a big part for England. You always need top-class players to do well in any competition, so hopefully he’ll come through and be a top-class player for England.
“If you get that then you’ve got a chance of doing well in competitions. England still have quite a bit of work to do in the World Cup qualification but with the group of players that they’ve got, I’d be very disappointed if they miss out on qualification.”
England have not lost a qualification match since October 2009, going 33 without a defeat since then across World Cup and European Championship campaigns, and on Sunday host minnows Lithuania.
The Three Lions are currently priced 1.10 in the Group F outright winner betting.