Dele Alli may have missed a sitter in the closing stages of England’s 3-2 win over Germany, but the Tottenham midfielder was arguably the best player on the pitch at the Olympiastadion on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old, who was playing for MK Dons in League One this time last year, bossed the game at times and was unlucky not to finish his evening with a goal.
The one moment that summed up Alli’s evening came on the 59th minute, when he received the ball and then placed it through the legs of Germany’s Emre Can in one ridiculously smooth movement. (Scroll down this page to watch it).
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BBC Sport handed Alli a 9/10 rating and it’s hard to disagree with their assessment of the teenager’s eye-catching display.
“England's best player and lived up to the pre-match hype comparing him to former England captain Bryan Robson,” Phil McNulty, BBC’s chief football writer wrote. “Contributed in all areas and could have had a goal but was thwarted twice by Germany keeper Manuel Neuer. His fine performance was marred with a bad late miss.”
Video: Dele Alli nutmeg v Emre Can
Video: Alli's shock miss
Eric Dier wins it for England
Indeed, had Alli scored that late chance - following fine work from Jamie Vardy - it would have capped a near-perfect individual performance from the Spurs youngster.
In the end, it was one of his close friends who scored the winning goal for England.
Eric Dier’s superb header earned the Three Lions a famous 3-2 win over world champions Germany.
“Buzzing for @ericdier scoring the winner!” Alli tweeted after the match. “Not happy about him laughing at my miss though😢😂“.
At least Alli could see the funny side.
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