England manager Gareth Southgate has said that Spurs wonder-kid Dele Alli still needs to prove himself as a world class talent by winning some silverware, which has so far eluded the youngster.

21 year old midfielder Dele Alli has emerged as one of England’s finest young talents after playing such a large roll in both of Tottenham’s title challenges over the North-London club’s previous two Premier League campaigns.

Last season, the Englishman netted 22 times in all competitions, while also contributing a further 13 assists and the youngster is already off the mark in the new season too.

Despite his promise, England manager Gareth Southgate has suggested that Dele Alli has a long way to go before he can be considered world class, as the 21 year old has no silverware to show for his ability.

Ahead of England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia, Southgate said of Dele:

“He’s a young player, but he’s not a proven player. At the moment, he hasn’t won anything.”

“Like all young players, he’s got to keep looking to improve. His goalscoring record over the past couple of years is phenomenal for a player who is not an out-and-out striker.”

These comments are likely to fuel future transfer speculation if Spurs are to go another season without lifting any trophies.

England face Malta away from home on Friday and return to action at Wembley against Slovakia on the following Monday, where Dele is likely to bear more responsibility following Wayne Rooney’s retirement from international football.

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