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Dele Alli
English professional footballer

Dele Alli

Dele Alli
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Intro English professional footballer
A.K.A. Bamidele Jermaine Alli, Bamidele Jermaine "Dele" Alli
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From United Kingdom
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 11 April 1996, Milton Keynes
Age 26 years
Height: 188
Weight: 76
Dele Alli
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Bamidele Jermaine "Dele" Alli (born 11 April 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team.
Born and raised in Milton Keynes, he joined the youth system at Milton Keynes Dons aged 11 and broke into the first team five years later, during the 2012–13 season. Over the next two-and-a-half years he made 88 official appearances for the team, scoring 24 goals. He signed for Tottenham Hotspur in February 2015 for an initial fee of £5 million, being loaned back to the Dons for the remainder of the season. In his first full campaign at White Hart Lane, Alli was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year. In January 2016 he was ranked 8th in the Gazzetta dello Sport list of the 50 best U20 footballers and in October of the same year he was ranked as the best U21 talent in world football by FourFourTwo.
Dele played for the England U17, U18 and U19 teams. He made his senior debut in 2015 and was selected for UEFA Euro 2016.

Club career

Milton Keynes Dons

Early career

Dele joined the youth system at Milton Keynes Dons when he was 11 years old. He made his debut for the first team as a sixteen-year-old on 2 November 2012, coming on as a 64th-minute substitute for Jay O'Shea in a 0–0 draw with Southern Football League club Cambridge City in the FA Cup first round at Milton Road. His first touch in professional football was a back-heeled pass. His first goal came in the replay against Cambridge eleven days later, where he scored in a 6–1 win at Stadium mk on his first start. He made his league debut in the 2–3 defeat to Coventry City at home on 29 December, where he played 71 minutes before being replaced by Zeli Ismail. His only other league appearance in the 2012–13 Football League One season, came as a second-half substitute for Patrick Bamford in the last game of the season, a 2–0 win over Stevenage at Broadhall Way.

2013–14 season

The 2013–14 season saw Dele break into the MK Dons first team on a regular basis. He started the Dons' first league game of the season, a 0–0 draw away at Shrewsbury Town. In his first Football League Trophy appearance, Dele scored to help MK Dons beat Northampton Town 2–0 and thus progress to the second round of the tournament. On 28 September, Alli scored his first professional league goal in the 4–1 thrashing of Stevenage. After being in and out of the first team picture in late 2013 due to injury setbacks, Dele would go on and establish himself as a first-choice player in 2014. He scored the opening goal in the 3–2 win over Shrewsbury Town at Stadium mk on 11 January, with a header from Stephen Gleeson's pinpoint pass. On 11 March, against Notts County at Meadow Lane, aged 17 years and 11 months old, Dele scored a hat-trick to guide the 'Dons to a 3–1 victory. His next and final goal of the 2013–14 season, came on 5 April against Coventry City at the Sixfields Stadium; Dele struck a thunderous volley from 25 yards out as MK Dons defeated Coventry, 2–1. He made 37 appearances in all competitions during the 2013–14 season, scoring 7 times, with 33 appearances and 6 goals in the league.

2014–15 season

Alli playing for Milton Keynes Dons in 2015

With the departure of Gleeson to Birmingham City in June 2014, Dele became the first-choice central midfield partner to Darren Potter. He started the season brightly, playing the first league game of the season as the Dons overcame a 2–0 deficit to defeat Gillingham, 4–2. He then helped the team to a 3–1 win over arch-enemies, AFC Wimbledon, in the League Cup first round. His first goal of the 2014–15 season came in the first away league game, a 3–2 defeat to Peterborough United, where he scored a tap-in from Will Grigg's deflected shot.

On 26 August, Dele played the full 90 minutes in the League Cup second round as MK Dons recorded a historic 4–0 win over Manchester United. It was reported that numerous scouts from top clubs across Europe attended the game to watch him play, including representatives from Bayern Munich and Liverpool. In the game after the 4–0 League Cup win over Manchester United, Dele continued his rich vein of form with a goal curled in from the edge of the box in a 2–0 win over Crawley Town. After the international break, Dele played 77 minutes in the 5–3 win against Barnsley, assisting the Dons second goal and scoring their third goal himself with a chip over the Barnsley goalkeeper.

On 18 September, Dele extended his contract with MK Dons until June 2017. Two days later, in a game against Crewe Alexandra, he scored a hat-trick and achieved one assist in what turned out to be a 6–1 victory for the Dons. It was the second hat-trick of his career and the first he achieved at home, which also led to him winning the Man of the Match award.

Tottenham Hotspur

Alli playing for Tottenham in 2016

On 2 February 2015, Dele signed for Tottenham Hotspur in the last hours of the mid-season transfer window on a five-and-a-half-year deal for an initial fee of £5 million.

Milton Keynes Dons (loan)

Following his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, Dele was immediately loaned back to Milton Keynes Dons for the remainder of the 2014–15 season. On 19 April, he was chosen as the Young Player of the Year at the Football League Awards. The season ended on 3 May with Milton Keynes Dons promoted automatically to the Championship as runners-up behind Bristol City, after a 5–1 home win over relegated Yeovil Town.

2015–16 season

On 8 August 2015, Dele made his Tottenham debut against Manchester United in the Premier League as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat away at Old Trafford, playing the last 13 minutes in place of Eric Dier. Two weeks later, he scored his first goal for the club after coming on for Christian Eriksen in the 1–1 draw against Leicester City.

On 13 September, Dele made his first start for Tottenham in a 1–0 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. On 2 November, he started and scored the second goal in an eventual 3–1 win over Aston Villa. Six days later he started his first North London Derby alongside fellow England youngster Dier in central midfield, and was awarded Man of the Match in the 1–1 draw between rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. On 5 December 2015, he scored his third goal for Tottenham in the 2015–16 campaign in a 1–1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Following an impressive start to his Premier League career scoring five goals and making three assists in his first 18 league matches, he was rewarded with a new long-term contract until 2021 on 12 January. Eleven days later he scored a 25-yard volley in a 3–1 win at Crystal Palace; BBC Sport pundit and former Spurs player Garth Crooks wrote "Well, I've seen some glorious goals scored in my time watching football matches but I doubt whether I will see a goal scored with such individual flair, and by a 19-year-old, as Dele Alli's goal at Selhurst Park - it was sheer class". On 13 April, he was named on the six-man shortlist for 2015–16's PFA Young Player of the Year.

On 18 April 2016, he scored his first brace for Tottenham in a 0–4 away win at Stoke City, reaching ten goals in his debut Premier League season. He was voted the season's PFA Young Player of the Year. On 28 April, Dele was banned by the Football Association for three matches, effectively ending his Premier League season, for an off-the-ball incident against West Brom in which he punched midfielder Claudio Yacob in the stomach. He later apologised for the incident on Twitter, stating, "Gutted that my season is over. Shouldn't have reacted like I did. Will learn from this and come back stronger."

2016–17 season

Ahead of the season, Dele changed his kit name to his given name, saying that he had "no connection" to his legal surname due to his separation from his mother. His first goal of the season came in a 4-0 win against Stoke on 10 September 2016. Alli followed this up with a goal against Manchester City in a 2-0 win on 2 October 2016, and equalized late for a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on 15 October 2016. He continued his fine form after scoring 3 consecutive braces against Southampton, Watford and the table toppers Chelsea and broke the 13 game winning streak of Chelsea, who could have shared a record of 14 game winning streak with Arsenal, had they defeated Tottenham.

International career

Alli playing for England in 2015

Alli has made several appearances at U17 and U18 levels for England. On 27 August 2014, Alli was called up to the England U19 squad following an impressive start to the campaign. He made his debut for England U19 in the 1–1 draw against Germany U19. In the game, Alli assisted the opening goal feeding a through ball to Bradley Fewster who gave England a 1–0 lead.

In February 2015, it was reported that John Fashanu would try to convince Alli to play for Nigeria. However, on 1 October of that year, he was included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the final UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Estonia and Lithuania. He made his debut against the former on 9 October, coming on as a late substitute for Ross Barkley in a 2–0 win.

On 17 November 2015, Alli made his first start for the England senior team, scoring the opening goal from a long range shot to beat Spurs teammate, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in a 2–0 win against France at Wembley Stadium. He was again named in the starting line-up for England's friendly match against world champions Germany on 26 March 2016. Alli was named man of the match by the BBC as England recovered from 0–2 down to win 3–2 at the Berlin Olympiastadion.

Personal life

Dele was born and raised in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, to a Yoruba Nigerian father Kenny and English mother Denise. Kenny moved to the United States a week after Dele's birth. Dele went to Stantonbury Campus and The Radcliffe School in Wolverton.

Dele was initially brought up by his mother, who suffered from alcohol problems. At the age of 13, he moved into the family home of Alan and Sally Hickford, parents of another young footballer with MK Dons and whom he refers to as his "adoptive parents" although he was never legally adopted by them. In the summer of 2016, Dele elected to stop wearing the name "Alli" on his match shirts because he felt no connection with the Alli family name.

Dele is a close friend of Tottenham and England team mate Eric Dier, with their relationship being described as a "bromance".

Dele was a Liverpool fan growing up, with Steven Gerrard, Jason Puncheon and Yaya Touré being his childhood idols.

Career statistics


As of match played 28 January 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Milton Keynes Dons 2011–12 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 League One 2 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
2013–14 League One 33 6 1 0 2 0 1 1 37 7
2014–15 League One 39 16 1 0 4 0 0 0 44 16
Total 74 22 7 1 6 0 1 1 88 24
Tottenham Hotspur 2015–16 Premier League 33 10 3 0 1 0 9 0 46 10
2016–17 Premier League 21 11 2 1 0 0 6 1 29 13
Total 54 21 5 1 1 0 15 1 75 23
Career total 128 43 12 2 7 0 16 2 163 47


As of match played 11 October 2016
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England 2015 4 1
2016 11 1
Total 15 2

International goals

As of match played 11 October 2016. England score listed first, score column indicates score after each Alli goal.
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 17 November 2015 Wembley Stadium, London, England 4  France 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2 8 October 2016 Wembley Stadium, London, England 14  Malta 2–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification


Milton Keynes Dons

  • League One runner-up: 2014–15


  • Football League Young Player of the Month: August 2014
  • League One Player of the Month: January 2015
  • Football League Young Player of the Year: 2014–15
  • Football League One PFA Team of the Year: 2014–15
  • Premier League PFA Team of the Year: 2015–16
  • PFA Young Player of the Year: 2015–16

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