Harry Winks has been excluded from the England Nations League squad, somewhat controversially having proven over the years that he’s a talent that comes around very rarely in this country.
The 23-year-old Spurs midfielder has ultimately been let down by regular injuries which means England manager Gareth Southgate cannot be guaranteed of his fitness and therefore his availability for the end of season tournament.
Southgate has always had a firm policy on these matters, opting not to include Jack Wilshere in various squads as he couldn’t prove hit fitness and obtain regular football at the Emirates. There are some exceptions to this though, one of them being talisman Harry Kane, who’s vital to England for their trip to Portugal for the finals.
Winks’ exclusion has been rightly met by some furious fans demanding his place in the squad over the likes of Eric Dier and Fabian Delph. There’s no player who can receive possession and distribute from one third of the pitch to the other quite as well as the Tottenham midfielder can.
However, other Spurs fans have a different outlook on the decision, and actually see the benefits for their club in having one of their star players get a proper rest over the summer, after so many of them played a huge part in England’s World Cup run…
Would rather Winks has the summer off anyway
— Max ?? (@MaxTHFC_) May 27, 2019
Winks is just back from injury. The selfish side of me wants him being fit for us a priority. England have got other options.
— John (@john2horn) May 27, 2019
Quite glad he is having a rest but….. Delph??? Delph??
— Dave (@dave_callme) May 27, 2019
Selfishly, I’m glad. However, it’s a huge mistake not having Winksy in that midfield. HUGE!!!
— DCunn_82 (@UnderTheSea_82) May 27, 2019
Defiantly Winks over Delph
— Craig Challis (@craigchallis74) May 27, 2019
Delph ahead of Winks? pic.twitter.com/eBk2VIJ1CN
— ?? (@DeleTime20) May 27, 2019
Not sure how Dier or Delph warrant a place over Winks. If he is fit he offers more than both of these, can’t argue with the other omissions.
— Jack Goodman (@jgoodman23) May 27, 2019
Winks not being picked is a disgrace
— Ethan (@EthanCOYS) May 27, 2019