Winks won’t rule out playing for England U21s next summer

Joe Williams

Harry Winks says it would be an “absolute honour” to play for England at any age level despite him being called up to the senior side.

The Spurs midfielder missed a large chunk of the last campaign through injury and underwent surgery in May.

After winning his second cap for England in their 3-2 victory over Spain on Monday, Winks now admits he still would happily play for the under-21s after they qualified for the Euros at their age group.

When asked if he would rule himself out of playing in the under-21 European Championship, Winks said: “No, of course not.”

“The more games I play the better for me really, I have missed a lot of football with my ankle and I’ve had a lot of problems with it.

“Still to this day I have got to manage it at times but playing for your country is an honour, regardless of the level, Under 21s, 19s, 18s, 17s – every level is an absolute honour for me, but especially the seniors.

“Right now I’m trying to focus on playing for the seniors as much of the time as I possibly can and obviously going back to club football and trying to impress and stay in the team there.

“Obviously the injury came at a difficult time for me,” he added. “Being just after my first cap it was quite difficult to take that but the lads did really well in the World Cup but I was just sitting there as a fan and cheering them as I would have done if I was there.”