Harry Winks says watching on as England progressed to tournament semi-finals was tough

Harry Winks admits it has been difficult to see on as England reached the semi-finals of finals.
The Tottenham midfielder dropped out to the last four of the 2018 World Cup on the run before starring in a 3-2 Nations League win against Spain last season and getting fit.
More fitness problems followed and – despite beginning Tottenham’s Champions League defeat to Liverpool – England manager Gareth Southgate chose not to incorporate the squad in June.
But after beginning the season back in the Spurs side, Winks was recalled to the England squad for the European Qualifiers from Bulgaria and Kosovo.
“Yes, I spoke to the gaffer the week prior to the [Champions League] closing,” he responded when asked whether he understood why he was left from this Nations League squad.
“He phoned me and gave me his own views. I admire the conclusion of the gaffer, I was out for a couple of weeks after an operation and he needed to mention the squad before the Champions League [final].
“Therefore I completely understand his thinking. At that instant in time, my thinking has been Tottenham – to get fit, to get from that Champions League team.
“Then obviously afterwards it would have been an honour to go away with England, however, for different reasons I completely understand the gaffer did so. I admire his choice.
“It is always tough to watch any football you’re part of when you’re unfamiliar – notably the World Cup.
“First and foremost I was an England fan, I wanted us to perform this nicely, but it is everybody’s dream to play with their countries, so to have missed that has been hard.
“And to miss from the Nations League has been difficult. But that is football. Folks make choices and it’s part and parcel of moving on.
“We’ve obtained the Euros to look forward to, so I can stay healthy and perform a role in that.”

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