There was a sense of confusion earlier this week when The Mirror reported Harry Winks could receive a shock call-up to the Spain national team.
The report suggests Winks, 21, has Spanish grandparents. The midfielder has progressed from the England u17s side to become captain of the u20s, but he is yet to play for the u21s meaning he is eligible to change allegiances.
Well, he would be if his grandparents were indeed Spanish. Turns out… they’re not.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague took to Twitter to set the story straight. Apparently Wink’s great grandparents are Spanish, which means he isn’t available for a Spanish call-up.
On Harry Winks. His great grandparents (not his grandparents) are Spanish which doesn’t qualify him 2 play for Spain. The Spanish FA know it
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) March 14, 2017
This update is good news for England. Winks is arguably unlike any other English midfielder and is likely to receive an u21s call-up before the next international break.
If all goes well — and if he keeps impressing for Tottenham — it won’t be long until we see Winks receive his first call-up to the England senior team.