By Russell Edge
Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Harry Winks have both been singing the praises of club manager Mauricio Pochettino for their success in the England squad.
Winks received his first international cap in the Three Lions’ 1-0 win over Lithuania on Sunday, appearing in the starting XI, while Harry Kane continued his impressive goal scoring record by netting the winning strike from the penalty spot.
They were two of four Tottenham players named in the England first team by boss Gareth Southgate, being joined by right back Kieran Trippier and midfielder Dele Alli, while Eric Dier is another regular.
After the match, both Kane and Winks highlighted the impact that Pochettino has had on them as players, and insist that his guidance is crucial to their success for both club and country.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, available on their website, after Friday’s match, Winks said: “I’ve wanted to play for England since I can remember; as soon as I kicked a ball. It’s something you aspire to do at any level.
“(Mauricio) is a fantastic manager and he has a lot of belief in us. Not only does he give us the opportunity but he gives us advice when we need it.
“I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me. I suppose it’s about me paying it back, and fortunately, it went well tonight.”
Meanwhile Kane insists that the number of Tottenham players going on to play for England prove “Mauricio’s one of the best managers in the world, if not the best.”
“He brings players through, gives them chances on the big stage and they deliver for him,” the 24-year-old told Sky Sports News.
“We can’t thank him enough for that. He deserves all the credit. He helped us get to where we are now, and Harry is another player under his management.”
Since breaking into the first team Winks has made 43 appearances for Spurs, with three starts in seven outings this season, and revealed that he is hoping to earn a place on the plane to next summer’s World Cup finals.
Kane meanwhile has proven himself as one of the country’s top scorers, having netted 110 goals in 174 appearances, 11 coming this season, as well as scoring 12 goals in 23 appearances for England.
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