Dele Alli eager to enjoy journey after visiting dark places with England | Daniel Taylor

Midfielder admits Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland still hurts and does not rule out leaving Tottenham sometime in the future

It is when Dele Alli pulls up his chair and starts to reminisce about his younger days that it becomes apparent, contrary to the image he may project, it has not been an entirely seamless rise to put him the position where he is today – a footballer of rare quality, England international, superstar in the making.

Two months after turning 21, he is thinking back to his days in the academy at Milton Keynes Dons, when he was trying to make a name for himself as a striker. Just not very successfully, as it turned out, judging by his memories of being removed from the team and told he might have to think again.

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