Harry Winks was recalled by Gareth Southgate into the England starting eleven for last night’s match against Bulgaria.
The Spurs midfielder was left on the bench for the 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic on Friday evening but found himself back in action after Declan Rice was ruled out through illness.
While the match has been rightly dominated by the disgusting racist chanting from sections of the home fans, the performance of Winks was noticed by former Blackburn Rovers and Celtic striker Chris Sutton.
Winks has been one of Tottenham’s best performers in what has been a difficult start to the new campaign with his most difficult match coming in the 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich.
Sutton praised Winks for his display in the middle of the park in which he believes that the 23-year-old Spurs academy product dictated the match and created plenty of space for himself to do so.
In the Daily Mail, Sutton wrote: “It was a complete mismatch, with England in a completely different stratosphere. Gareth Southgate had asked for a reaction after Friday’s 2-1 defeat in the Czech Republic and he got it.
“It was difficult because Bulgaria are an ageing side and without a win in the group, but nobody got near Harry Winks who dictated play throughout. Ross Barkley was making runs, Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford were dangerous and there was plenty of link-up play with Harry Kane.”
Winks can certainly pull more strings and dictate the tempo of a game in a far more capable manner than what Rice can do.
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