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Paul Merson shares verdict on inclusion of Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks in England squad

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Paul Merson shares verdict on inclusion of Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks in England squad

Paul Merson believes that England boss Gareth Southgate plans on using Tottenham midfielder in the long-term after his England call-up for the Nations League squad.

The Spurs midfielder is currently fighting an injury battle to try get back in time for the Champions League final against Liverpool on 1 June.

England face Netherlands just five days later in the Nations League semi-finals and Winks has been included in the initial 25-man squad.

Harry Kane is in a similar boat of being drafted into the England squad despite injury problems, but pundit Merson highlighted how important Winks is to England’s plans.

The 23-year-old only has three senior international caps for England, but is a pass master that has gone from strength to strength in a Spurs shirt in recent years.

 

“Putting Harry Winks in the squad despite his injury tells you Gareth likes him a lot and he’s going to be around for a long time, and I’ve got no problem with that either,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.

“You keep those players involved. They need to be in there whether they play or not so they keep getting a feel for it and progressing.”

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TBR’s View:

Despite a frustrating end to the campaign due to a groin injury, Winks has still played a key role for Spurs with 40 games in all competitions this season and has a formidable partnership alongside Moussa Sissoko.

He’s not had much of a chance to show himself, but a mature display away to Spain in a Nations League qualifying match showed he can cut it at the highest level.

The midfielder is perhaps underrated by others, but it looks like Southgate is a big admirer and he may add some extra quality on the ball that England are searching for.

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