Southgate: Winks is ideal for England

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Gareth Southgate says Harry Winks is ideal for how he wants the England team to play.

England boss Southgate has included the Tottenham midfielder in his squad for matches against Germany and Brazil.

It comes after Winks, 21, impressed on his international debut against Lithuania and in recent matches for Spurs.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Southgate said: “With Harry, we knew his ability in our younger development teams and knew what Tottenham have thought about him right the way through.

“When he was with us he trained well and we thought it was a great opportunity to see him in that sort of game (against Lithuania).

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“He handled an England debut and has given really mature displays against Real Madrid twice. He’s shown real composure in big matches.

“All the players I’ve called up from the younger teams are players that can handle the ball. Our desire is to play in a way where we control possession of the game.

“I don’t think we’ve done that as well as we’d like to, so the more players we can get who are technically good and can move the ball through the middle of the park, we will create opportunities for our attacking players.”

Winks enhanced his growing reputation with a fantastic display in Spurs’ Champions League victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday night.

Southgate added: “He has good technical ability, keeps the ball and looks to play forward when he can and has a good range of passing and is able to receive and change the direction of play.

“But it’s been his composure in big matches like last night that’s really stood out.”

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