Tottenham Hotspur duo say Pochettino has boosted England careers

Harry Kane has been hitting the headlines for all the right reasons this season due to his prolific displays in front of goal.

The 24-year-old has now scored 15 goals in his last 10 matches in all competitions for both Tottenham Hotspur and England.

During the international break, the striker scored in both 1-0 wins over Slovenia and Lithuania; one secured England’s progression to the World Cup finals in Russia, while the other was hit from the penalty spot.

Kane’s Tottenham teammate Harry Winks was also given the chance to sign on the international stage when he was handed his Three Lions debut by manager Gareth Southgate on Sunday.

Despite having started just one Premier League game this season, the 21-year-old was a shining light in an otherwise forgettable performance from England.

Both players praised the influence of their club manager Mauricio Pochettino after the match against Lithuania, crediting him with their ability to perform well for their country.

Winks told Sky Sports News:

“[Pochettino] is a fantastic manager and he has a lot of belief in us. Not only does he give us the opportunity but he gives us advice when we need it. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for me. I suppose it’s about me paying it back, and fortunately, it went well tonight.”

Kane added:

“[These England debuts] show Mauricio’s one of the best managers in the world, if not the best. He brings players through, gives them chances on the big stage and they deliver for him. We can’t thank him enough for that. He deserves all the credit. He helped us get to where we are now, and Harry is another player under his management.”

Twelve Premier League players have earned England debuts under Pochettino’s management at Tottenham and when he was in charge of Southampton.