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Tottenham man fears World Cup omission – report

Tottenham supporters have been pretty upbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side put their disappointing Champions League exit behind them with a routine 4-1 victory at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men bowed out of Europe’s elite competition last week courtesy of a 4-3 aggregate defeat to Serie A champions Juventus, this all after drawing 2-2 in Turin in the first leg to make them favourites for progression at Wembley last Wednesday. And it appears that their European hangover affected them in the early stages at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday as Junior Stanislas gave the Cherries a seventh minute lead, only for a brace from Son Heung-min as well as strikes from Dele Alli and Serge Aurier to secure a comfortable win for Spurs, in turn moving them up to third place in the Premier League.

Subsequently, there have been several happy Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, many of whom are likely to be interested by a recent report from The Daily Mail, which suggests that midfielder Harry Winks fears that he may miss out on a place in the England squad for this summer’s World Cup.

The 22-year-old earned his senior debut for Gareth Southgate’s side back in October last year in a 1-0 qualification win over Lithuania, and as such propelled himself into reckoning for the World Cup finals in Russia after a fine display in Vilnius.

However, the young midfielder has since then struggled with an ankle problem and has failed to appear in any of Tottenham’s last ten Premier League games, failing to appear in the matchday squad in their previous four.

And reports suggest that Winks is fearful that the ankle injury could see him miss this summer’s World Cup, with it likely that he will not be included in Southgate’s squad for England’s upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, which is announced on Thursday.

And this news is likely to disappoint our resident Spurs fans, who have seen Winks come on leaps and bounds in the last few months, only for injury to thwart his progress.

Landlord’s verdict: Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks produced a superb display on his England debut against Lithuania back in October, very much propelling him into reckoning for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.

Yet things have been tricky for the 22-year-old since then, with an ankle injury causing him to miss much of January, while Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has decided against rushing him back into the fold having failed to make any of their last four Premier League matchday squads.

And reports suggest that Winks is fearful that the ankle problem, which he actually first suffered at the rear end of last season, could see him miss this summer’s World Cup, which is sure to seriously frustrate the midfielder given his efforts the last time he donned an England shirt.

It’s far from a done deal, but Winks will not only have to reclaim a regular spot in Pochettino’s team in the final eight league games of the campaign, but he’ll have to quickly return to his pre-injury level if he is to put himself back into England contention – it’s going to be a tough ask.

Tottenham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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