Bursting into English and World Football in 2015, Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli does exactly this. Not letting fear inhibit the raw talent he possess. Alli talks to FourFourTwo about where this part of his game developed, ahead of the Euros in France.
Relish the challenge
Have faith in your game
"When I made my debut for Spurs and for England I just felt excitement. I'd never played in huge, packed stadiums like that before so I didn't know what to expect, but as soon as I crossed the white line and the referee blew his whistle, I focused on the game. It's strange to think all those people are there to watch you play football, but you just have to relax and play your own game. Enjoy the challenge and you'll play well."
Stand up for yourself
Show that you're ready to fight
"When I trained with the senior team at MK Dons for the first time, I was flying into tackles straightaway. Captain Dean Lewington told me that he loved it, and that I needed to keep doing it. He told me not to shy away from it and to keep it in my game. Then when I arrived at Spurs, my new skipper Hugo Lloris said the exact same thing to me, and added that he liked my aggression. It's not something I'm looking to change."
Ignore the hype
Let your feet do the talking
"I take no notice of all of the attention. I'm only 20 and I still have a lot to learn. Everyone likes getting compliments, and it gives you confidence, but you can't get carried away - you have to keep your feet on the ground. Just as quickly as you can be in form and getting lots of praise, you can make mistakes and attract negative comments. You have to focus on playing football and trying to improve as a player."
Dele Alli wears Adidas ACE16.1