Normally 22-year-old Harry Winks would be among the youngest and most inexperienced players in an England starting XI, but Southgate’s current squad has youth at its core.
Kieran Trippier was the only named starter in the England side over the age of 25, with an average age of around 23.5 years.
It was Harry Winks’ first start since his debut almost a year ago, as the midfielder kissed the majority of the back end of last season and the World Cup through injury.
However, the young man was alongside the likes of Kane, Dier and Trippier, and looked comfortable from the first minute to the last.
Winks just keeps things ticking over in that central position, picking positive passes whenever possible and rarely giving the ball away.
In 91 minutes he completed 30/35 passes, and didn’t shy away from a challenge either.
His passion shone through in the second half too, as he shoved Spanish players away from the ref as they protested a penalty decision.
Winks didn’t overstep the mark, but showed he wasn’t to be messed with either.
All in all, Winks was quality on and off the ball, and was an integral part to England’s first win away to Spain in 15 years.
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