Will Tottenham's forgotten midfield hero Winks finally be missed v Croatia?

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) scored their sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between...

Can England's midfield compete with Croatia's quality? Tottenham star Harry Winks has already matched Luka Modric twice.

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) scored their sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between...

England face Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals this week playing for the chance of a lifetime.

Croatia are a dangerous side who do not possess a prolific striker like Harry Kane, instead they have two of the most skilful midfielders at the World Cup.

Going up against Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic will be a serious test for Jordan Henderson and Dele Alli.

Perhaps for the first time this tournament the absence of Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks will be felt.

Winks starred for England last Autumn and it was at the same time that he was making a name for himself in the Champions League for Tottenham Hotspur.

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...

Winks went toe to toe with Modric in the Champions League for Tottenham twice as they took on the mighty Real Madrid, drawing one game and winning 3-1 at Wembley.

At that point it seemed he would be a lock for England's World Cup squad but injury put paid to his chances.

When he recovered late in the season, Winks was not the same player and England were right to leave him at home due to  lack of match fitness and sharpness.

Yet against Croatia he would have been England's best option to take their opponents on at their own game, with clever and inventive passing, masterful possession football and a growing ability to dictate the game.

Winks would have been a useful option for the Three Lions against Croatia, if not as a starter then off the bench, to nullify Modric's impact as he did against Real.

His mid-season injury looks an even bigger shame now, with England denied an invaluable option for their biggest World Cup game in 28 years.

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur and Lucas Vazquez of Real Madrid compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio...

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