Tottenham Star Dele Alli Names the Toughest Opponent He's Ever Faced

Ollie Knight
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​Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has picked Real Madrid and Germany star Toni Kroos as the toughest opponent he has ever played against.

The 21-year-old has emerged as one of Europe's top footballers since joining Spurs from MK Dons for just £5m in 2015, recently being named in the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

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Alli has been an ever-present for Mauricio Pochettino's side this season, appearing 42 times across all competitions, scoring 19 goals and providing five assists.

After going from strength to strength in Tottenham's first-team, the youngster earned himself a call-up to England's senior squad, where he has already picked up 17 caps.

Speaking to ​Hyperbeast in an exclusive interview, Alli revealed who has been his toughest ever opponent during his career.

"Toni Kroos for Real Madrid and Germany – on his day you can’t get close to him." he said.


"Obviously you want to be thinking about your own game but when you’re pressing, it’s quite annoying when he can just pop the ball off so easy — he’s just a joy to watch."

The young midfielder went on to discuss the proudest moment from his so far illustrious career, claiming that his England debut was a moment he'll never forget.

He added: "Probably my debut for England when I scored against France. And then at the European Championships, which was my first major tournament. 

"Everyone was gutted with the way it went but it’s always amazing to play for your country and it gives us great experience to learn ahead of the next tournament."

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