Dele Alli, on a night that will be remembered for an alternative reason, started his first game for his country and marked it with a superb opener from 25 yards, a top-corner curler past his club team mate and France captain Hugo Lloris who was left helpless and beaten, well beaten.
Alli stunned in a game which the world would have been watching – nobody knew what would happen after a goal but Alli’s pure delight led to jubilant celebrations for the England team, a team made up of 3 Tottenham Hotspur players.
Tottenham Hotspur have provided England with the most players in its history with 74 (the first being Vivian Woodward in 1903 and the most recent being Eric Dier in 2015) and it doesn’t look like they will surrender that statistic any time soon. 5 Spurs players were included in Hodgson’s squad for the friendlies – Alli, Dier, Walker, Mason and Kane with all 4 starting at least one game, barring Mason, and two for Kane.
Kane proved he was a worker on Monday – the striker worked tirelessly, pressing hard and getting to those loose balls and, on occasion, winning free-kicks in dangerous positions. Alli and Dier contributed with the same work ethic – pressurise the opponents at all times.
Tottenham Hotspur players have a habit of scoring on their debuts for England – Steven Caulker scored on his England debut in 2012, Andros Townsend in 2013, and Harry Kane and Dele Alli in 2015. Who is next in line?