Thursday was another good day for Tottenham Hotspur wonderkid Dele Alli.
The 19-year-old woke up in a posh Monaco hotel, before learning of his first senior England call-up shortly after.
Alli, who joined Spurs from MK Dons this summer, then produced a Man of the Match display – in my humble opinion – as the travelling Premier League side earned a 1-1 draw against strong Ligue 1 opposition.
England’s latest teen sensation, making his ninth first-team appearance for Spurs, helped Eric Dier keep the likes of Joao Moutinho and Jeremy Toulalan quiet.
However, Alli’s performance was about much more than defensive solidity.
He claimed an indirect assist for Erik Lamela’s first-half opener, when the Argentine tapped home after Alli’s initial shot had been parried by Danijel Subasic.
Monaco looked scared of Alli throughout his 90-minute exhibition.
The energetic midfielder, who scored 16 goals – mostly playing in the middle of a 4-4-2 formation – for the Dons last season, touched the ball 50 times during Thursday’s game, according to WhoScored.com.
The majority of those touches were positive, but Alli was far from reckless.
He displayed maturity and composure in spades, as this neat piece of play demonstrates perfectly.