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Dele Alli's tweet from 2012 looks class after England called up Harry Winks

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Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks was called up to the England national team for the very first time on Monday night after Manchester City's Fabian Delph withdrew with an injury.

Gareth Southgate's team face Slovenia and Lithuania in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and need just two points to secure their place at next summer's tournament in Russia.

England are unbeaten and look certain to qualify whilst Slovakia, Slovenia and Scotland must battle it out for the 2nd placed play-off spot.

Winks could make his international debut for England this week and few would rule him out for a place on the plane next summer.

England are particularly weak in the heart of midfield and positions are definitely up for grabs.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was heaping praise on the 21-year-old academy graduate after the 3-0 Champions League win away at APOEL.

“For me, he is the perfect midfielder, who can play box-to-box and like a holding midfielder,” Pochettino said. “He has the quality and capacity to play and use the demand of the game and read it. He’s so clever, and we are so happy that he starts to feel better now because he provides to the team qualities that we don’t have.

“He is completely different to our other midfielders like Victor Wanyama, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Mousa Sissoko. He has qualities to add to the team that are completely different.”

“Can he help us unlock defences? Yes, he is one of the options we have in different games to use.”

England U21 roommate and Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell tweeted about the Spurs man's promotion to the senior team.

Meanwhile, Tottenham fans dug up an old tweet by 21-year-old England and Spurs regular Dele Alli.

Playing for MK Dons at the time, the mystic midfielder predicted Winks as a future England player back in 2012.

Winks is set to link up with Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and former teammate Kyle Walker on Tuesday.

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