Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks shares how Mauricio Pochettino reacted after hearing of his England call-up

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates victory after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks started for England against Lithuania in midweek.

Harry Winks of England is blocked by Linas Klimavicius of Lithuania (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium on October 8, 2017 in...

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has told the Telegraph that Mauricio Pochettino has texted him to congratulate him on his England call-up.

Winks’ impressive form for Tottenham this season was recognised by Gareth Southgate over the recent international break.

The youngster may have only made four Premier League starts for Tottenham, but his potential is clear.

England's midfielder Harry Winks (L) takes on Lithuania's midfielder Darvydas Sernas (R) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup European Qualifying football match between Lithuania and England at...

And Pochettino messaged Winks to tell him that he deserved to be handed a chance to impress for England.

“I haven’t actually seen him since my call-up, but he dropped me a text to congratulate me and he said it was deserved,” said Winks. “He is a top manager, but he is a top man as well. He is someone always there to give you advice and he breeds confidence around the camp."

Winks made his Three Lions debut in Southgate’s men’s match against Lithuania in midweek.

The Spurs man impressed during the contest, even though England were fairly uninspiring throughout what was a drab encounter.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates victory after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on September 23, 2017 in...

England could only manage a 1-0 victory over Lithuania, with Winks’ Tottenham teammate Harry Kane scoring from the penalty spot to ensure that the Three Lions went unbeaten through their qualification campaign for the World Cup in Russia.

Winks will now return to Spurs, and he could feature at the weekend, when Pochettino’s side take on Bournemouth.

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