Harry Winks started in the heart of England’s midfield as a number 10 and produced a superb display as they cruised past Kosovo 4-0 on Sunday evening.
The Spurs midfielder was deployed in a slightly more advanced role by Gareth Southgate on this occasion, with West Ham and Liverpool midfielders Declan Rice and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain partnering him and playing more defensive roles.
This allowed the 23-year-old the freedom he needed to get forward and get involved in some smart interplay in the attacking third.
He broke the deadlock with a little over half an hour of the game gone as he got on the end of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s through ball and finished expertly when he found himself in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper.
He hardly put a foot wrong for the remainder of the game as he helped the Three Lions take all three points.
Winks took to social media to post the following message after the game:
Spurs Web Opinion
While I assumed that Winks and Rice would be competing for the same spot in the team, England’s display today proved that they can play together and do a good job, particularly in games where England need to be solid at the back. While Winks doesn’t offer as much going forward as other midfield players in the squad, he can be a useful option as a box-to-box option.
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