Paul Merson has strongly claimed that Harry Winks has to be in the England squad, regardless of what his form is like for Tottenham.
Merson was discussing the Three Lions ahead of next summer’s European Championship and is adamant that the Spurs midfielder needs to be in the team.
The 23-year-old is a part of Gareth Southgate’s plans for the international team as it stands and has completed 90 minutes in the last three consecutive England games.
He started the two opening matches of Jose Mourinho’s reign at Spurs, but was only used as a late substitute at the weekend against Bournemouth.
There is a lot of competition in the centre of the park for his club side and he’s not quite hit his dazzling best form yet this season.
“Someone like Winks, who I think is a very good player, I think is a must [for England],” Merson told The Debate Show on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:55pm, 2 December).
“He might not be playing for Tottenham and then all of a sudden you’re not in [the England squad]. But for me I think Winks has to play because he keeps the ball.”
Winks is now working under a new club manager to make himself a regular in the Spurs XI again and will hope to play a key role moving forward.
He is a deep-lying playmaker that can certainly fill a void for England in front of the back four and the way he is in possession is a great fit for international football.
There is an element that Winks should be an England regular if Southgate fancies him, but on the flip side he has to earn his spot in the national squad and club’s fans will get frustrated when their in-form players are omitted.
Merson clearly has huge faith in Winks as a player, while he has the ball-playing qualities and temperament to continue developing for both club and country.