Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is more than willing to put an arm around Tottenham teenager Dele Alli, who has been called up for the first time after impressing Roy Hodgson with his early-season performances for Spurs.
It is nine years since Walcott was a surprise inclusion in the 2006 World Cup squad and he knows all too well what it feels like to be involved with the national side from a young age.
Walcott said of Alli: "Seeing him for the first time in the flesh, he's a big lad. He's very classy on the ball and he's only 19 so he's got a long England career ahead of him, and with Tottenham as well.
"He's in the spotlight straight away. I'm always there for him as I obviously was in the England squad at the early age of 17. I've been through it so he's always got plenty of people here to talk to.
"Looking at him, he's the sort of player who'd be able to deal with anything."
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Son Heung-min is facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring his foot in Tottenham's defeat of Manchester City.
The 23-year-old has settled impressively at White Hart Lane after making the £22million move from Bayer Leverkusen last month.
The South Korea forward has netted three goals in five Spurs appearances to date and would have had another was it not for the offside flag in the 4-1 Barclays Premier League win against City on Saturday.
Son was replaced by Clinton Njie with 13 minutes of the match remaining and Tottenham have confirmed he picked up an unspecified foot injury during the White Hart Lane encounter.
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Harry Kane has revealed the satisfaction he felt when silencing his critics with his first Premier League goal of the season.
The talented Tottenham forward scored the third of his team's four goals during Saturday's 4-1 defeat of Manchester City.
Maybe I shut up a few people who have been talking over the last few weeks.
Only seven games and a few people said 'one-season wonder'. People can judge me at the end of the season and we will go from there. I have to stay focused but it is great to score.
When you score like last season it becomes a drug, and when someone takes it away from you you want to get it back. You want to score again and it was a good feeling to score again.
It is frustrating [to be criticised]. I kind of use it to get my juices flowing and to prove these people wrong. I have had to prove people wrong throughout my career to get where I am.
It is not easy coming through as a youngster but it makes me want to get better and the more people say it, the more I want to prove them wrong.
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