England hope Harry Winks will transform midfield exposed by De Jong

• Steve Holland says Spurs man can knit together England’s play
• ‘He is a player we have very much been waiting for’

England will bring Harry Winks back into the fold next season with a view to the Tottenham Hotspur player knitting together midfield and adding a new dimension to the team’s play in possession.

Winks would have been included in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad for the Nations League had the tail-end of his domestic campaign not been wrecked by a groin injury which required surgery. The 23-year-old was one of four players cut from the initial party, despite playing relatively impressively for more than an hour in the Champions League final defeat by Liverpool. That had constituted his first football in eight weeks.

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