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Jake Humphrey: Gareth Southgate got it wrong with Harry Winks

Jake Humphrey: Gareth Southgate got it wrong with Harry Winks

England last night crashed out of the Nations League thanks to a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands.   

Obviously, England crashed out of the Nations League last night thanks to a 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands. Ah, disappointment, it’s nice to see you again, old friend.   

Indeed, it’s safe to say the Three Lions gifted the Dutch two goals in extra-time, invoking the ire of Gary Neville, and Gareth Southgate’s squad must now prepare for the third-place play-off against Switzerland. What fun.  

It seems that the general consensus is that the main problem with last night’s performance was the fact that their Dutch counterparts overran the midfield. Both Neville and fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp bemoaned the lack of quality in the engine room as Frenkie De Jong bossed the game, with neither Fabian Delph nor Declan Rice seemingly able get near him all night. 

With 108 touches and a 97% passing accuracy last night (stats sourced by the Guardian) the soon-to-be-Barcelona star simply looked a cut above the rest.

To that end, Jake Humphrey believes that England’s problems in the middle could have been sorted out if Southgate had included Harry Winks.   

Winks made his comeback for Tottenham in the Champions League Final, where he played 66 minutes yet was not included in the final squad for the inaugural UEFA Nations League, which now looks a mistake. In our minds, the 23-year-old, who has three caps for England, is pretty much the Three Lions’ only player who can dictate the tempo of a game, with the Independent’s Jack Pitt-Brooke writing at length about what he could bring to England in his summary of the game. 

The Tottenham man was largely viewed the focal point of the English midfield during THAT night in Bilbao, after all.

Perhaps he isn’t fully fit but the same could be said for Harry Kane and both played in the Champions League final so it’s hard to be so vehemently against Southgate here, though Humphrey certainly does have a point. Clearly, merely including Winks is unlikely to solve a problem Neville believes has been around for 25-30 years, but it could have been a start. 

Should Winks have been included? Or would that be papering over the cracks? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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