By Steffan Powell
Newsbeat gaming reporter

Publishedduration15 minutes agoimage copyrightExcel esports

"It's because of my love of games," Dele Alli explains.

The England international is joining UK esports organisation Excel to get to grips with the world of competitive gaming.

Speaking to BBC Sounds gaming podcast, Press X To Continue, he says: "I'm hoping to learn as much as I can from them.

"I'll also bring my knowledge to the table and help the team with what I'm good at."

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The Spurs midfielder isn't signing up to compete, admitting: "I wish I was good enough to beat the competition!"

But he says he wants to discover more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes on with big esports organisations.

This isn't a full-time gig either, but rather something he'll work on when not training and playing for Tottenham.

"Since I was young I've always played the PlayStation or different consoles, and so I thought this was a great opportunity," he says.

"This is new to me, stepping into the gaming world at this level, so I think it's about learning and moving forward together."