By George Brooks
Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has made a sensational claim about Harry Winks, saying the youngster should be one of the first names on the England team sheet for the World Cup next summer.
The 21-year-old has been one of Tottenham’s standout players under Mauricio Pochettino this season, making 13 appearances in all competitions.
His impressive performances have caught the eye of England manager Gareth Southgate, who has been praised recently for the faith he has shown in the younger players.
When asked if Winks should start the World Cup next summer Bent said: “If he continues how he is for Tottenham I believe he will do.”
Bent was speaking on The Debate on Sky Sports Premier League (Thursday, 10pm).
“I think he’s shown he’s made leaps and bounds with how he’s been playing this season,” he added.
“Listen, there’s going to be a lot of other midfielders fighting for that role so it will be difficult for him, but he was fantastic against Real Madrid which is the top end of club football.
“So I believe if Tottenham can continue doing well and he continues to progress, there’s no reason why he can’t be one of the first names in the team.”
He made his England debut in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win against Lithuania last month and was named in the squad for the recent friendlies against Germany and Brazil, but had to withdraw through injury.
Winks will be hoping to force is way back into Southgate’s plans for the friendly matches against the Netherlands and Italy in the next international break in March.
For now though, Winks is able to focus on his club form and Spurs fans will be hoping that he can return for the crucial north London derby against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime.
Spurs will move seven points ahead of their bitter rivals with a victory at the Emirates Stadium.