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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino brands star ‘the next Xavi’ in Gareth Southgate demand

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TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has called Harry Winks ‘the next Xavi’ and has told Gareth Southgate he is exactly who England need.

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Tottenham starlet Harry Winks has been called the next Xavi
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There have been calls for England boss Southgate to install some creativity in midfield following two mediocre performances.

A loss to Spain in the Nations League badly exposed the difference in footballing cultures between the two countries.

The likes of Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard were ran rings around by Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets and Saul Niguez.

And against Switzerland it was not much better, with Eric Dier and Fabian Delph failing to provide any spark in the centre of the pitch.

But Pochettino has offered the former Middlesbrough manager a solution, from his own ranks.

The Argentinean has had a massive impact on the England squad, with eight players of the last squad all having been coached by him at some point in their careers.

And his latest star he wants to see break into the England fold is none other than Harry Winks.

The midfielder has just one cap to his name after playing against Germany in a friendly last year, but the ex-Southampton coach has revealed he can go all the way to the top.

Pochettino said: “Harry has all the profile of the midfielder – perfect. But I don’t want to talk too much and praise him because if so, his head (grows big). His perception will be ‘wow’ and the reality is you still need to prove it.

“But the characteristics are perfect to play football. When we talk about midfielders, you like to use Spanish midfielders like Xavi and Iniesta.

“He’s like this type of player, this capacity, but please he needs to take in a very positive way my words. He needs a lot of work.

“He has the possibility and the potential of course but now it is up to him and we go again: mentality. In his mind he is capable to learn about suffer, there never is enough training, always try to be better.

“Football is his focus, not business that are around football. Maybe (if he learns this) he will arrive to play in a very good level and be one of the best midfielders in England.

“It is not my advice, it is only how I describe the reality. If he wants to take it, take it. If people don’t want to take it, we cannot help.

“But of course his potential is to be a very, very good player for England and Tottenham.”

Spurs face Liverpool at Wembley today at midday as they look to bounce back from their defeat to Watford before the international break.

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