Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is proud of praise arriving from Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Alli, 19, is a leading contender for the PFA Young Player of the Year award after an outstanding first season in top-flight football, which has caught the eye of former Manchester United boss Ferguson and Liverpool great Steven Gerrard.

Alli said: “For one of the greatest managers ever to compliment you like that, it means a lot and it’s a huge honour, while Steven Gerrard is someone I’ve looked up to massively since growing up.

“He was a great player and a legend. He was my idol and for him to say something like that means a lot to me. It makes your hair stand up, you can’t really believe it.”

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