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Tottenham's Dele Alli "speechless" after shock England call-up

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Tottenham's Dele Alli was left "speechless" by his maiden England call-up, just five months after playing in League One.

It's been a remarkable year for the highly-talented 19-year-old midfielder, having secured a £5 million move to Spurs, achieved promotion with MK Dons and now earned his first senior call-up.

Alli will join Roy Hodgson's squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania, having started the year played at the likes of Crawley, Scunthorpe and Fleetwood.

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"I was speechless," Alli said, when asked of his reaction to his call-up. "It's been a really good start to the season for me. I maybe didn't expect it to go this well.

"At the start of the season I set myself a target to try to become a regular in the Under-21s and try to get a few starts in the Premier League.

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"Obviously, I've got a few starts already, so it's been a great start and I can't thank the players and staff enough for helping me settle in and play as well as I have been."

Thursday was certainly an unforgettable day for Alli and was one which almost got even better.

The 19-year-old produced another impressive performance as Spurs took on Monaco in the Europa League and nearly made the breakthrough in the principality.

Alli's first-half shot was smothered and the ball was instead prodded home by Erik Lamela - who had started the move with some exquisite quick feet - to set Mauricio Pochettino's side on course for what looked to be another Group J win.

However, a late header from substitute Stephan El Shaarawy saw the encounter end in a 1-1 draw, leaving Alli ruing what could have been.

"It feels like a defeat," he told Spurs TV.

"It was a strong first half from us and maybe we could have seen the game out, finished a few more chances but it wasn't to be.

"I think it shows how well we are doing at the minute, obviously to come away to Monaco and 1-1 to feel like a loss.

"The boys are down and I think it is important we pick ourselves up again and take the positives from this game into the game at Swansea."

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