Tottenham Hotspur young star, and England international, Harry Winks fears that he may be omitted from the England selection squad for the 2018 World Cup later this summer due to an ankle injury.
Harry Winks is the latest product of the fabulous Tottenham Hotspur youth academy which seems to have churned out star after star in recent years. Whilst impressing on the pitch, Harry Winks has been limited in the number of minutes in gameplay due to a persistent injury to his ankle. Winks is said to have first picked up the injury at the end of last season and has tried to play through various niggles in training and on match-days. However, the youngster’s ankle has shown little signs of improvement.
In typical Mauricio Pochettino fashion, Harry Winks has been instructed to treat his ankle injury with extreme care – not to overplay or to add any extra stress to the injury which could prolong his absence any further than it has to be. Winks has struggled to appear in the squad for the last four games.
— England (@England) February 2, 2018
Harry Winks made a name for himself on the international scene last year against Lithuania. The young Tottenham Academy alumnus was the star player in his debut for England. The long wait for all England players who are keen to see their name on the squad-list will be shortly over as Gareth Southgate will announce his choice for the two friendly games against the Netherlands and Italy tomorrow (Thursday 15th March).
Harry Winks’s injury has been overshadowed recently by the injury of the other Harry. Kane hobbled off the pitch in the first half of the Spurs trip to Bournemouth and was similarly a doubt for the World Cup. However, recent medical updates show that Kane will be back to full fitness by the Summer. Read more on Kane’s injury news.
With Pochettino’s preference for a slow but steady recovery process, and the young Winks missing the majority of Spurs action throughout January, it is likely that his ankle injury has already thwarted Harry’s chances of selection, despite his glistening debut performance for the three lions last year. Although Winks is injured at this current point in time, the 22-year-old will have plenty of chances to prove his abilities on the international stage in years to come. The English national team has somewhat adopted a philosophy of giving younger players the chance to shine recently. It is this philosophy that should be driven forward over the coming years, as it is these stars which will be the ambassadors for the English national team; and these stars who will eventually bring victory back to the shores of England.