England star claims this Tottenham player could have improved England’s World Cup chances

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Dom Le Roy

England roared to their best World Cup finish in 28 years this summer in Russia, as they made it all the way to the semi finals where they were eventually knocked out by Croatia.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane led the line and wore the captain’s armband as he also fired his way to a golden boot in the tournament.

However, it’s another Harry from Tottenham making the news today as England left-back Danny Rose claims Harry Winks would have been a welcomed addition to the squad.

Winks received his first England call up towards the end of last year, at which point he was a regular in the Tottenham starting XI.

Harry earned the man of the match award on his England debut, and also put in sterling performances against Real Madrid home and away for Tottenham.

Winks looked to be a sure pick for Southgate, who didn’t have a host of holding mids to choose from, however in February the young midfielder picked up a nasty injury.

The England man would go on to miss the end of the season with Spurs and the World Cup with his country, as he had surgery on his foot.

Danny Rose told The Evening Standard: “It would be harsh to say that we missed a player like Harry, given how well the midfield did. Dele [Alli], Jordan Henderson, Jesse [Lingard] were brilliant, but if we had been able to have somebody like Harry at the World Cup it would have only helped us.

“[Harry] is different to all the other midfielders we’ve got for England. Once he is back to where he was last season, he has the ability to be fundamental for any team. I’m looking forward to seeing if he gets any minutes [for England] and how he does.

“He’s always going to get on the ball. Harry has the ability to make any team tick. Now, he’s slowly building back to where he was last season. He had a difficult back half of last season with his ankle and you can see now his confidence is slowing building. We’re all so happy for him.

“The gaffer [Mauricio Pochettino] has said how highly he thinks of Harry. He’s called him ‘the Little Iniesta’ — and that speaks volumes.”

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