7 facts you should know about Dele Alli
6) Alli was given up for adoption by his mother
Alli had a tough childhood growing up. His mother put him up for adoption when he was just 13. She admitted in an interview with The Sun she had problems with drugs and alcohol and felt it was the right thing to give him away.
When Alli was 5 he moved to Nigeria with his father but immediately moved back to England within 6 months to live with his mom. In the interview the mother said, “It was tough to give up my son but it proved to be his salvation. I’m so thankful for how things have turned out.”
“When he scored the goal against France I leapt out of my seat — I was so happy. My son has made it by himself. I am so pleased for him and super-proud of everything he has achieved.”