Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks returned to Gareth Southgate’s England team last night, with Declan Rice sidelined with illness.
The £50,000-a-week (Spotrac) star offers a different profile of holding midfielder to the West Ham man, and BBC pundit Chris Sutton was suitably impressed.
In the Daily Mail, he wrote: “It was a complete mismatch, with England in a completely different stratosphere. Gareth Southgate had asked for a reaction after Friday’s 2-1 defeat in the Czech Republic and he got it.
“It was difficult because Bulgaria are an ageing side and without a win in the group, but nobody got near Harry Winks who dictated play throughout. Ross Barkley was making runs, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford were dangerous and there was plenty of link-up play with Harry Kane.”
TBR’s View – Winks and Rice may get their chance together next time around
Winks and Rice provide a contrast of styles; the former is better on the ball but perhaps lacks the physicality the latter can offer.
The identity of England’s holding midfielder at Euro 2020 may dictate the style of the side, or depend on the standard of the opposition.
But with Jordan Henderson suspended for the next game, against Montenegro, Southgate could play the pair together at the back of midfield, which could offer the ideal blend.