Galloway Relishing Alli Reunion

by Mike Taylor

Brendan Galloway says the prospect of coming up against a childhood friend and rival this weekend is an exciting one.

The Blues host fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League - and Galloway, who enjoyed an impressive breakthrough year in 2015, could come up against former MK Dons teammate Dele Alli.

Galloway first met Alli in a Sunday league game when the pair were just seven years old, and the Toffees’ defender told how they have spurred each other on ever since.

“We used to play against each other at Sunday league level and we always used to be the two top scorers, battling it out,” he explained. 

“We played together for the first time in a few tournaments where you could make different teams. It was fun - but I remember everyone was saying it was unfair because we were winning every game 6-0 or 7-0 and nobody wanted to play us!

“We then joined MK Dons together as well. It was good competition because we always used to play the same position and we’d always push each other to work our hardest.

“It went from there really. We were both 15 when we first travelled with the first team at MK and once we got the chance we stayed in.”

The young duo were finally separated when Galloway completed his move to Goodison Park in August 2014.

But the teenage stopper insists he knew Alli would not be far behind him in moving to England’s top flight, which he did when he signed for Spurs in February last year. 

“We’ve both been on the same path in terms of progression,” he continued. “Literally, if one does one thing then so will the other.

“It’s great to see another boy from MK Dons playing in the Premier League. It’s always nice to see him and hopefully I’ll get the chance to play against him.

“I knew from Under-18s level that he was going to be a Premier League player. I was delighted for him to get the move to Spurs and I’m looking forward to coming up against him now in the future for Everton.”

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