Opinion: Why are England not playing Harry Winks in midfield?

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Harry Winks

Anyone who watched that England display last night knows how bad the team performed throughout against the Czech Republic, with the only decent performer perhaps coming in the form of Harry Kane.

However, I thought the game was crying out for another Harry, yet Winks was left on the bench as an unused substitute.

The midfield two of Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice looked clueless throughout the match, constantly giving the ball away, getting caught out of position, and lacking any form of creativity in the centre of the park.

Winks’ entire game revolves around keeping the ball and using it positively, as well as being a ball of energy in midfield.

However, the Tottenham man has only ever made three England appearances, despite being first-team for Spurs. In fact, he hasn’t appeared for his country at all since 2018 (Wikipedia). Meanwhile, he has racked up over 100 games for Spurs by the age of 23.

Back in June, England’s assistant manager, Steve Holland, claimed that they had been waiting for a player like Winks (Guardian): “He is a player that we have very much been waiting for in that kind of position. Someone who is comfortable to turn and connect the play when we are working through the offensive phases. Quite simply, had he been fit and consistently playing for Tottenham, he would have been in the squad 100%. It is just a call we had to make. I am sure he will acquire many England caps in the future.”

So, why is he not playing?

In my opinion, he should be one of the first-choice two in central midfield and I would be fuming to see him on the bench again on Monday.

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