Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks reportedly may have to leave the club in January in order secure at place in the England squad for next year’s European Championships.
The academy product has only played in four Premier League games this season having not started a match since September.
The Mirror reports that England boss Gareth Southgate has underlined that squad members must be playing regularly in order be selected for Euro 2020 next summer.
The Three Lions boss has shown his fondness for the Spurs player, handing him eight caps for his country.
However, club manager Jose Mourinho has signalled that Winks is not one of his first choice picks.
He has left him out of the squad entirely on five occasions this campaign.
And now, the source states, Winks may may have to leave in club in order to get regular football.
This is a stark contrast from the warmth he felt from previous head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine selected him to play in 115 matches during his tenure at the London club.
It is also a big change from last year, having played in 41 Spurs games including 31 Premier League games.
He was even given the captain’s armband by Mourinho in the club’s 3-2 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers in March.
However, it now seems that he will have to play elsewhere in order to be part of Southgate’s 2021 plans.
Winks under no illusions of what is at risk
Winks, 24, conceded last month that his situation with the national team isn’t ideal, describing the situation as “difficult.”
He said: “I want to be a part of that in the Euros and I want to be in the starting XI in the Euros as well.
“It’s important that I keep fighting and working as hard as I can to stay in the squad and to stay in the team.”
Winks has played in all of England’s last three games, playing the full 90 minutes against the Republic of Ireland.