Jamie Redknapp has said Harry Winks showed Spain “no respect” during England’s UEFA Nations League victory in Seville on Monday night – in a good way.
The Three Lions recorded a famous win over Spain, taking a 3-0 first half lead thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford before seeing out the game after the break.
Winks started in a midfield three with Eric Dier and Ross Barkley, performing admirably in the middle of the park as England controlled proceedings for at least 45 minutes.
And speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Redknapp heaped praise on Winks for not being scared to get involved, even if it almost resulted in trouble.
“I think about the two midfield players, Harry Winks and Ross Barkley, and they haven’t had many minutes in the Premier League,” Redknapp said (via This Is Futbol).
“I couldn’t wait to see how they’d do tonight and they were both brilliant. They were different class the way they held the ball up, the way they passed it.
“Harry Winks was even even involved in some altercations with the Spanish players. He didn’t care, he showed no respect for them and that’s what you’ve got to do.”
Eric Dier was booked for a crunching early challenge on Sergio Ramos, which set the mood for the rest of the fierce contest.
Harry Kane was in fine form, too, failing to score but providing two brilliant assists in what turned out to be slightly deeper role.
Winks is likely to partner Dier in central midfield when Tottenham take on West Ham United in a Saturday’s Premier League London derby.