Tottenham star Dele Alli has been one of the best English players in the Premier League this season.
Alli has also shone in the England set-up and impressed against Germany in the 1-0 defeat at Dortmund last night.
The 20-year-old does have a temperament – he was sent off for Tottenham in their Europa League draw with Gent last month and has picked up 16 yellow cards in his last two seasons for club and country.
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Dele Alli – 12/1
I don’t think he should be captain now – Gary Cahill is the obvious choice for the next World Cup
Ince on Alli
But Ince sees a leader in the Spurs academy product and thinks Alli's time to captain his country will eventually come when Chelsea defender Gary Cahill steps down.
"At the minute, we haven’t got many obvious leaders with the character and strong mentality needed for England to be successful," Ince said.
"I think Dele Alli is one who is psychologically strong.
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"I don’t think he should be captain now – Gary Cahill is the obvious choice for the next World Cup – but one day I could see it really bringing the best out of him.
Paul Ince believes Dele Alli (right) should succeed England captain Gary Cahill
Chelsea's Cahill could be given the full-time captaincy at England
Alli missed a golden opportunity to score in the 1-0 loss against Germany
"He’s young, but you can groom him into being England captain. He’s going to be a top player, and the armband might give him some responsibility.
"Dele is still growing up and learning the game, which is why he does the odd silly thing.
"Giving him the captaincy would help him grow up faster, and cut out a bit of the petulance."
Chelsea's Cahill captained his country last night in the absence of Wayne Rooney, who did not make manager Gareth Southgate's squad for this international break.
Rooney began the season as England's de facto skipper but his lack of game time at Manchester United means Cahill could take over full time ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.
Paul Ince was speaking exclusively to the Paddy Power blog.