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Tottenham youngster earns first England call-up

By Dominic Toner

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has been named in England’s Under-21s squad for the first time.

The 20-year-old has been included in Aidy Boothroyd’s 24-man squad for the upcoming matches against Italy and France.

Winks is the only Spurs representative in the youth team, but several of the club’s other players including Dele Alli and Eric Dier will be expected to make Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.

The youngster has represented England at various age levels right up to the Under-20s side and has now made another step up with the national team.

England announced their Under-21s squad on their official Twitter account.

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Winks is enjoying a breakout season at Spurs and has been a regular feature in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad.

The central midfielder has made seven appearances this season in all competitions, including substitute roles in the Premier League and Champions League.

Spurs are blessed with several talented midfield options but the youngster is competing for a place alongside Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.

Winks is a product of the club’s academy and is the latest player to make the step up to the senior squad, with striker Harry Kane the perfect example to Spurs’ youngsters.

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