Spurs' Alex Pritchard superb in England Under-21 cameo

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Tottenham's young midfielder has been making waves in the Championship this season with Brentford, and he made the difference against Germany on Monday.

Alex Pritchard has been labelled the next big thing to come out of Spurs, and despite only making the field for England Under-21s final 24 minutes against Germany, it's easy to see why.

With 9 goals and 6 assists as the Bees chase a playoff spot in the Championship, Pritchard has emerged on the Under-21 scene for his country seemingly just in time to claim a spot in Gareth Southgate's European Championship squad.

Against Germany at the Riverside Stadium on Monday, Pritchard came on with his side 2-1 down, but offered superb movement and clinical passing not unlike Spurs star Christian Eriksen as he helped his nation turn the game around.

The Brentford loanee set up Nathan Redmond's equaliser at 2-2, as he evaded challenges to find his teammate just inside the Germany box, and he could have assisted another after caused big problems with a late shot from range that Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen spilt, only for Danny Ings to fluff the rebound.

And the collection of former international footballers BT Sport had gathered to discuss the match identified the 21-year-old's impressive performance, with former Bayern Munich and Manchester United star Owen Hargreaves labelling him : "An intelligent player."

Ex Liverpool and England goalkeeper David James was also waxing lyrical about the Tottenham star's 24-minute appearance off the bench, highlighting Pritchard's involvement in Nathan Redmond's leveller. 

"He came on and provided a driving run for the goal," said James.

"In the last game against Czech Republic he was superb, and again tonight he made the difference."

James's former England teammate Phil Neville agreed that the late introduction of the Brentford star helped swing things back in England Under-21s' favour, saying: "Pritchard came on and actually changed the game with his movement off the left hand side. He's definitely another one who did his chances (of making the squad for the Euros) no harm at all."

It appears young English players affiliated to Spurs having stunning 2014-15 seasons isn't just restricted to those at White Hart Lane, and don't be surprised to see Pritchard making an impression in the Premier League next season.

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