Tottenham academy product: This is how I will earn senior call-up
By Dominic Toner
Harry Winks believes that a senior England call-up is in reach if he can perform well for Tottenham.
The 21-year-old has emerged as a star at White Hart Lane this season after graduating from the club’s academy.
The central midfielder has been with England’s Under-21s during the international break, despite some people calling for him to earn a first senior call-up.
Gareth Southgate’s side are focusing on a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania on Sunday, while England’s Under-21s, managed by Aidy Boothroyd, suffered a 1-0 defeat to Germany.
Winks believes that he has a chance of being promoted to the senior England side if he performs well.
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“The manager (Boothroyd) has told us that there are opportunities there,” Winks said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “As long as we keep performing for club and country and doing well, then the opportunity is there to take.
“With someone like Gareth in charge, he likes young players and he’s keen to bring us through and give us opportunities. It’s just down to us really, whether we perform at club level to get the call-up.”
Winks has developed into an important member for Spurs this season and is highly rated by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The midfielder is a regular feature in the first team and has racked up 32 appearances across all competitions.
He is competing for a spot alongside powerhouses Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele, but offers a different option with his ability in possession.
Winks is now being tipped to have a huge future with the north London club and could also play a crucial role for the national side.
England manager Gareth Southgate has shown a desire to give young players a chance during the international break and Winks will hope he is the next in line for a call-up.
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