England footballer Dele Alli attacked and held at knifepoint during robbery at home

Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli Credit: John Walton/PA

England footballer Dele Alli was punched in the face and held at knifepoint when armed raiders broke into his home and stole jewellery.

Tottenham midfielder Alli was punched in the mouth by two masked intruders armed with knives and ordered to hand over valuables, The Sun reported.

The paper said that 24-year-old Alli was playing pool with his brother and his girlfriend at his home in Hadley Wood, in north-east London, in the early hours of Wednesday morning when the incident happened.

The two robbers fled with two of his watches and jewellery belonging to his girlfriend, model Ruby Mae, it added.

The two couples are reported to be spending lockdown at the footballer's home.

Alli described the ordeal as a “horrible experience”.

He tweeted: “Thank you for all the messages. Horrible experience but we’re all okay now. Appreciate the support.”

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In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said no arrests had been made and inquiries were ongoing.

A spokesperson added: “Police were called at approximately 12.35am on Wednesday, May 13, to reports of a robbery at a residential address.

“Two males gained entry to the property and stole items of jewellery, including watches, before fleeing.

“Two male occupants at the property suffered minor facial injuries after being assaulted.

"They did not require hospital treatment.

“There have been no arrests.

"Enquiries into the circumstances continue.”

Jewellery belonging to Ruby Mae was stolen in the raid. Credit: PA

The latest raid comes two months after fellow Tottenham player Jan Vertonghen’s family was robbed at knifepoint while he was away on Champions League duty.

Vertonghen was part of the squad that travelled to Germany for the last-16 second leg with RB Leipzig in March when four thieves wearing balaclavas raided his home.

They were armed with knives, but Vertonghen’s wife and two children were unharmed.