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Europe: Dele Alli Sets New Record

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According to a CIES Football Observatory report, Tottenham’s Dele Alli is the most experienced Under-20 player in Europe.

The midfielder, has played more domestic league games than any other player aged 20 or under in Europe’s ‘big five’ leagues.

The 19-year old has played 98 games for Spurs and MK Dons are the most for a player born in 1996 or later, since the start of his career in 1995.

Alli is followed by Barcelona’s Croatia Under-21 international Alen Halolovic, 19, who is on loan at Sporting Gijon, with Villarreal’s Spain U21 international winger Matias Nahuel, 19 in third.

The CIES Football Observatory is a research group within the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES), a private foundation affiliated to the University of Neuchâtel, in Switzerland.

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Below is a complete list of Europe’s most experienced players, with Premier League players dominating their Spanish, German, French and Italian counterparts.

Dele Alli, Tottenham, 98 matches Born on 1995

Samu Castillejo, Villarreal, 129 matches Born on 1994

Nathan Redmond, Norwich, 163 matches Born on 1993

Romelu Lukaku, Everton, 210 matches Born on 1992

Koke Resurrección, Atlético Madrid, 236 matches Born on 1991

Eden Hazard, Chelsea, 277 matches Born on 1990

James McCarthy, Everton, 295 matches Born on 1989

Charlie Austin, Southampton, 320 matches Born on 1988

Sergio Agüero, Manchester City, 368 matches Born on 1987

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Billy Jones, Sunderland, 395 matches Born on 1986

James Milner, Liverpool, 410 matches Born on

1985 Simon Francis, Bournemouth, 460 matches Born on 1984

Wes Morgan, Leicester, 527 matches Born on 1983

Jon Walters, Stoke City, 456 matches Born on 1982

Rickie Lambert, West Bromwich, 597 matches Born on 1981

Gareth Barry, Everton, 588 matches Born on 1980

Sylvain Armand, Stade Rennais, 522 matches Born on 1979

Massimo Maccarone, Empoli FC, 539 matches

Born on 1978 Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus, 612 matches

Born on 1977 or before Mark Schwarzer, Leicester City FC, 626 matches