Tottenham midfielder Winks eyes England call-up

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has revealed that he is targeting a spot in the England squad ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

The 21-year-old, who came through the youth system at White Hart Lane, made 33 appearances for Tottenham during a breakthrough 2016-17 campaign.

The central midfielder played in 21 of Spurs’ 38 Premier League matches last term, and it is understood that he will have a key role in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad this season.

Winks qualifies for former world champions Spain through his mother and grandparents, but the former England Under-21 international has said that he ‘would love’ to represent the Three Lions this year ahead of the next World Cup.

Winks told The Telegraph:

“Obviously I have goals and ambitions that I’d love to achieve this year. Of course I’d love to play for England this year, but that’s not something I’m saying I’m going to set myself to do.

“I’m just going to take it step by step in getting into the team. I just want to kick on from last season and play more.

“I had a good season last time and I was really happy with myself but this season I want to improve even more as a player and be involved in as many games as possible.”

Winks has represented England at every age group from Under-17 to Under-21 level.

The central midfielder missed the end of last season after suffering ankle ligament damage, but has featured for Tottenham on the Premier League club’s pre-season tour of the United States.