Spurs star claims he needs ‘opportunities’ in the team to make summer Euros squad

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Dom Le Roy

Harry Winks has admitted that his situation at Tottenham Hotspur needs to improve if he is to have any hope of starting games for England in next summer’s Euros.

Winks has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs lately, with the 24-year-old missing out on the matchday squads against Burnely and West Brom and having to watch the win over Brighton from the bench.

However, that did not stop Gareth Southgate from picking Winks in the latest England squad, with the Spurs star starting in the friendly against the Republic of Ireland last week and putting in a decent showing.

Winks also came on as a half-time substitute in the 2-0 loss against Belgium on Sunday.

However, with Kalvin Phillips set to return from injury and teenage talent Jude Bellingham now also part of the senior squad, the Tottenham academy graduate has his work cut out if he is to convince Southgate that he deserves a starting birth.

Reports indicate that Winks may ask to leave Tottenham in January if he is still on the fringes of the first-team squad when the transfer window opens (Telegraph).

When asked if he needed minutes at club level to stay in the England picture, the midfielder told Sky Sports: “Definitely, my situation at Tottenham is difficult at the moment.

“It’s important that I keep fighting and working as hard as I can to stay in the squad and to stay in the team.

“Every time I get the opportunity for England I love it. It’s a great place to play football here, it’s free and the lads get on really well, it’s a great place to come to.

“I want to be a part of that in the Euros and I want to be in the starting XI in the Euros as well.

“But, yes, it’s important that back at Tottenham I get the opportunities there and I stay in the team there as well.”

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