Roberto Carlos has come out and praised Tottenham’s Dele Alli by stating that the 22-year-old is a lot like the Brazilian players.
The former Brazil and Real Madrid star also added that England are one of the favourites after Brazil and he was really impressed by Alli when we played Madrid and beat them in the Champions League.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror (h/t The Sun) the World Cup winner said:
“I really like Dele Alli – he’s a lot like a Brazilian player. I saw him at the Real Madrid against Spurs game and he was really impressive.
“He’s tall and has real ability – a very good player. He has the swagger that Brazilians have.”
Alli did score in the 3-1 win over Madrid in the Champions League tie and helped Spurs come out of a tough group featuring Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. The 22-year-old scored 14 times and assisted another 14 goals for Spurs as we finished third in the Premier League.
Alli will be crucial to England’s chances of doing well in the World Cup and they do have a tough match ahead when they face Belgium in the group stages.
The last tournament was a major blow for the Three Lions but with Gareth Southgate managing the team, there could be good things coming from the side.
Alli has been one of the brightest English players in recent seasons and his link-up play with Harry Kane will also make it difficult for the opposition in Russia.
Carlos certainly got things right regarding Alli as the Englishman is one of the few players from the Three Lions team that has a lot of ability and flair. Hopefully, he can show that and much more in the coming weeks.