The Tottenham Hotspur youngsters look like having very bright futures ahead of them.
When Tottenham Hotspur duo Shayon Harrison and Harry Winks turned up for training on Monday morning they were in for quite a shock, with England manager Roy Hodgson inviting the teenagers to train with the Three Lions’ senior side at Hotspur Way.
But while some may write off their participation as nothing more than making up the numbers, those Tottenham fans who have kept a close eye on the pair’s development will know that decision from Hodgson could be the catalyst both need to fulfil their considerable potential.
Of the two, Winks is the most exciting – a 19-year-old midfielder who made his senior debut for Tottenham last season in the Europa League and has since added to that with another run-out in the same competition.
Winks is a composed player with a wonderful eye for a pass and training with England would have shown him a glimpse of a future few would turn their back on.
Harrison needs more work, such is his stature, and it will be interesting to see how the 18-year-old striker develops.
There is absolutely no doubting his goal-scoring talent, as he continues to net regularly for Tottenham’s under-21s having previously taken the under-18s by storm. But Monday’s session will have shown him just how far he has to go to follow in the footsteps of Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney.
There are moments in young footballers’ lives that define how they approach their careers, and when it comes to Winks and Harrison we may have just seen it.