Alli heads to the World Cup with his national side on the back of a mixed campaign at club level, having fallen below his high standards of 2016-17 but still managing to register nine goals and 10 assists in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old stood out against one of Carlos's former clubs in Real Madrid during a Champions League encounter in the first half of the campaign, scoring twice in a famous 3-1 win for his side, and the legendary Brazil full-back expects big things from Alli in Russia this summer.
"England are one of the favourites after Brazil. But I really like Dele Alli - he's a lot like a Brazilian player," he told The Mirror.
"I saw him at the Real Madrid against Spurs game and he was really impressive. He's tall and has real ability - a very good player. He has the swagger that Brazilians have."
Alli has scored twice in 25 appearances for England, earning his most recent cap in the 2-0 friendly win against Costa Rica on Thursday evening.