Pundit questions Winks’s call-up to England senior squad

Stuart Pearce has expressed concern about England’s decision to call up Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks to the senior team.

The 21-year-old was selected by manager Gareth Southgate after the initial squad was announced due to the withdrawal of Fabian Delph.

Winks came onto the scene just last year when he was given some minutes by Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

In total, the midfielder has made just four Premier League starts for his club and he has only featured more recently for Spurs due to injured Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama being out of the picture.

In terms of international outings, Winks has been capped twice at England Under-21 level.

Pearce, who was in charge of the Young Lions between 2007 and 2013, thinks that the midfielder’s call-up highlights problems in the national setup.

The 55-year-old told Sky Sports’ The Debate show:

“Harry Winks has only started a handful of games for his club, and he’s in the international fold. Now, it’s brilliant for him, I think he’s a great talent, but it shows you the flaws in the process.”

Winks has started just one top-flight game for Spurs this season, but has featured on five occasions in all competitions