Tottenham Hotspur prospect using Arsenal's Mesut Ozil as inspiration

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Tottenham's Alex Pritchard wants England to follow the German blueprint and compete strongly for the under-21 tournament this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur prospect Alex Pritchard has told The Sun England must take their strongest possible squad to the under-21 European Championships this summer.

Striker Harry Kane played a key role in helping the side qualify, but has now been called up to the senior side, and the Evening Standard report that Spurs are worried about the forward being 'burned out'. 

Pritchard, who has impressed on loan at Brentford in the Championship this season, however is of the belief England can benefit long-term from their young players going to the tournament and winning, and has cited the success Arsenal's Mesut Ozil enjoyed in 2009 as backing.

He said: "You look at Spain and Germany when they played Under-21s, with the likes of Mesut Ozil, and they moved onto the national team having all played together.

"I think it’s about time England started producing in tournaments. With the talent we’ve got in the squad, I don’t see why we can’t go there and win."

Ozil and Germany won the tournament six years ago, and many of that team were part of Germany's World Cup winning squad in Brazil 2014.

These included Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Howedes, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, and Mats Hummels along with Ozil.

The argument Pritchard is making is one backed by former under-21 boss Stuart Pearce who told The Mirror that Harry Kane must go this summer's tournament. Liverpool's Raheem Sterling and Everton's Ross Barkley, both of who featured at the World Cup last summer are also eligible to be picked.

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