A former team-mate of Dele Alli at England youth level has revealed his surprise at the Tottenham star’s rise to fame.
Bryn Morris played alongside Alli and fellow World Cup squad member Ruben Loftus-Cheek in a three-man England U-19 midfield.
But now he is preparing for Shrewsbury’s date with Rotherham in the League One play-off final at Wembley on Sunday.
However, the 22-year-old admitted he only thought one of his superstar former team-mates was destined to make it to the big time.
Morris said in a report in The Sun: “I played the holding role, which allowed them both to express themselves further up the pitch.
“They were great to play with. You always felt confident giving them the ball in any situation.
“Both were so comfortable in possession and receiving the ball, even when tightly marked.
“It does not surprise me that Ruben has made it into the World Cup squad, as you always thought he had something about him.
“He has shown it with Crystal Palace last season.
“He was like the Chosen One, he was physically one of the best. He looked the part, he was a specimen.
“It does surprise me about Dele. Obviously not, looking at the way he has played for Tottenham and scoring so many goals in the Premier League.
“But looking back, you would not say he’d be the player he has become.
“When I see them on Match of the Day, you do think ‘I used to play with them’ but the reality is we are on different paths.
“I have my chance to show what I can do with Shrewsbury — and, hopefully, I can continue to do that.”
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