Pochettino: Players’ age irrelevant to me at Spurs

Date published: Monday 7th December 2015 9:36

Dele Alli: Scored in Tottenham's draw at West Ham

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino pays no attention to the young age of Dele Alli – and has challenged the midfielder to seal a place at Euro 2016.

Alli scored his fourth goal of the season for club and country in front of watching Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson as Spurs drew 1-1 at West Brom on Saturday.

Alli has impressed after a rapid rise from League One after completing a move from MK Dons in the summer, earning four England caps in the process.

And Pochettino wants the 19-year-old to gain momentum ahead of next summer’s tournament in France.

“It’s a long way until March (the next internationals) and next summer, but you need to build your game and performances to show the manager of the national team you deserve to go,” he said.

“If a player scores it always helps the team to achieve important things. He has unbelievable potential, he is very young and every game he shows his quality.

“For me 19, 18, 17 or 30 is the same. It’s not about age, it’s about performance and desire. It’s not about age or names.”

Alli scored his first England goal in their 2-0 win over France last month and team-mate Harry Kane can see similarities after his own stellar season last year.

He added: “He is probably going through a whirlwind and everything is happening so quickly.

“He probably hasn’t had a chance to kind of sit back and realise what he has done. Playing for England and scoring for England at Wembley is kind of similar to what I did last year.”

Tottenham set a new club record in the Premier League as they extended their unbeaten run to 14 games.

They have not lost in the top flight since the opening day, but Pochettino, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League visit of Monaco and Sunday’s game with Newcastle, remains focused.

He said: “We don’t think too much on that. We want to win every game, our idea is to win the next three points against Newcastle.

“It’s very important for our mentality that after 15 games of the season we are 14 games unbeaten.”

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