Pritchard: It was key for me to leave Tottenham on loan

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Alex Pritchard has admitted that he had to leave Spurs to guarantee playing time.

With the Under-21 European Championship just around the corner, Spurs rising star Pritchard has told FA TV that leaving White Hart Lane on loan last season was vital to him for his England chances.

The young midfielder said: “I think it was key for me to get out and play regular football, and get near enough 50 games under my belt - playing mostly every game. Hopefully I can bring what I did during the season to England in the tournament.”

Following Pritchard’s impressive campaign with Brentford in the Championship, he will be looking to further increase his reputation this summer with impressive displays for England.

Playing behind Spurs teammate Harry Kane, and likely ahead of Tom Carroll, the 22-year-old winger will be keen to show his team work abilities to Mauricio Pochettino, knowing that he has already shown faith in youth players.

It is expected that Pritchard will start next season in the first-team squad at White Hart Lane, and a good tournament will further increase his chances of impressing Pochettino. It would also set him in good stead for a strong pre-season, which could be vital in guaranteeing a campaign as one of Pochettino’s first selections.

Due to his strong form with Brentford, and keen offensive abilities, Pritchard has quickly become a vital player for the Under-21 squad, and Gareth Southgate will be relying on him to be the main creator in his team.

With Harry Kane the main goalscorer, a strong attacking partnership between the North London duo could lead England to victory, and truly excite Spurs fans - as well as Pochettino - ahead of the new season.

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