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Dele Alli can be Euro star, says Tottenham boss Pochettino

By Martyn Ziegler

Published 07/12/2015

On form: Dele Alli scored for Tottenham at West Brom
On form: Dele Alli scored for Tottenham at West Brom

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has thrown down the gauntlet to Dele Alli to become England's Euro 2016 star.

The midfielder scored his fourth goal of the season for club and country in front of watching Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson as Spurs drew 1-1 at West Brom on Saturday.

Alli has impressed after a rapid rise from League One after completing a move from MK Dons in the summer, earning four England caps in the process.

And Pochettino wants the 19-year-old to gain momentum ahead of next summer's tournament in France.

"It's a long way until March (the next internationals) and next summer, but you need to build your performances to show the manager of the national team you deserve to go," he said.

"If a player scores it always helps the team to achieve important things. He has unbelievable potential, he is very young and every game he shows his quality."

Alli scored his first England goal in their 2-0 win over France last month and team-mate Harry Kane can see similarities after his own stellar season last year.

He added: "He is probably going through a whirlwind and everything is happening so quickly.

"He probably hasn't had a chance to kind of sit back and realise what he has done. Playing for England and scoring for England at Wembley is kind of similar to what I did last year."

Tottenham set a new club record in the Premier League as they extended their unbeaten run to 14 games. They have not lost in the top flight since the opening day but Pochettino, ahead of Thursday's Europa League visit of Monaco and Sunday's game with Newcastle, remains focused.

He said: "We don't think too much on that. We want to win every game, our idea is to win the next three points against Newcastle."

The Baggies are unbeaten in three games after James McClean's first goal for the club sealed a deserved point.

Saido Berahino, who threatened to strike on deadline day when the Baggies rejected two bids from Spurs, was again an unused substitute.

He has been on the bench for the last four games and assistant head coach Dave Kemp believes it is the right thing to do.

"Someone else picks up the slack, that's football. Everyone wants to be in the team and playing their part and you have to be in the team to do that," he said.

"Saido has been fine, what went on affected him so you take a step back and try to get back in the team. I'm sure when he does he will be as good as he was."."

Sheffield Wednesday fans held a moving tribute to student Caroline Everest during their match with Derby County.

Owls fans held a minute's applause in the 18th minute in memory of the 18-year-old from Sheffield whose body was found in a river last month.

Ms Everest - who was a Wednesday fan - disappeared after leaving a nightclub in the city centre on 22 November and her body was discovered in the Porter Brook river two days later.

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