Ashley Cole has told Sky Sports, during their live coverage, that he felt that England improved after Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Winks was brought on last night.
Winks has been starved of first-team football with Spurs this season, but still has an important role to play for his country.
England are suffering with a dearth of deep-lying playmakers at the moment, with most their defensive midfield options enforcers rather than creators.
Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice started for England last night, but the Three Lions weren’t at their best in the first 45 minutes, as they went into the break 2-0 down.
And Cole feels that England looked a much better side after Tottenham’s Winks was introduced on to the pitch.
“You’ve got Henderson in front with Declan Rice, maybe I would like to see someone better on the ball,” Cole said.
“I think when Harry Winks came on it livened the game up a bit, he was forward passing a little bit more.”
Winks has really been forced out of Tottenham’s team this season, because of the arrival of Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and the improvement in Tanguy Ndombele.
If he keeps being overlooked at club level, then his place in the England team could come under threat.
However, Winks could actually be handed a start for his country on Wednesday against Iceland, as Henderson is now an injury doubt for that fixture.