Chelsea and England legend Frank Lampard says Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is ready for the world stage.
Alli was sent off in Spurs' Europa League exit against Gent in February, but has responded with two goals in two Premier League matches, taking his tally up to 13 for the season.
He impressed again during the win over Everton on Sunday, also assisting Harry Kane for the striker's second, and Lampard praised the youngster's displays this season.
"Technically he is ready for the world stage,' Lampard told Sky Sports as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"Physically he is also sharp and what I loved about his goal from the weekend. The finish was obviously class and that was top draw but the run was the special bit for me. He's got that instinct to sniff out opportunities.
"We're talking about a really young player who is already performing at the top level of the Premier League. If he keeps going like this he's going to have a fantastic career and he really is going to rack up the goals."
Lampard included Alli in his team of the year so far, alongside the likes of Chelsea anchor N'Golo Kante, Liverpool's tireless Adam Lallana and the exceptional Eden Hazard.
The 38-year-old plugged for Harry Kane and Diego Costa up front, and said Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could arguably have been included.
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"Lukaku could make a case to get in there up front but I think those two are the outstanding strikers at the moment," Lampard said.
In defence, Lampard opted for David Luiz and Michael Keane as his centre-backs, while Cesar Azpilicueta and Ryan Bertrand occupy the full-back positions. Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea rounds off the side.