Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has surprisingly been called up to the England squad ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.
Winks, 21, was added to the squad by manager Gareth Southgate after the duo of Fabian Delph and Phil Jones pulled out with respective injuries.
Winks was initially expected to link up with the England Under-21 squad before the call up to the senior team.
A win for England in Thursday’s clash with Slovenia will secure a spot in next year’s World Cup in Russia and left-back Ryan Bertrand is delighted with the state of the team and the healthy competition within the players.
He said: “We have fantastic competition for places and that can only be good for the squad.”
“We are very much in a positive mindset and the work is not finished. We want to get the six points.
“With perhaps my fan’s head on, it would be nice to complete the qualification in front of the home fans and have a decent night at Wembley.” he concluded.