Harry Winks drew plaudits from fans of his club Tottenham Hotspur after turning in a man-of-the-match performance on his England debut.
The 21-year-old was a late addition to the squad due to injury withdrawals but got his chance to shine against Lithuania on Sunday evening with World Cup qualification already guaranteed for the Three Lions.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) October 9, 2017
Tidy in possession and willing to move the ball forward from midfield, Winks impressed as the team stumbled to a 1-0 victory in their final match in Group F.
Manager Gareth Southgate switched to a 3-4-3 formation for the clash in Vilnius, with the youngster paired in the centre of the park with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
However, it was Winks, rather than his vastly more experienced team-mate, who looked more at home at this level, displaying authority on the ball as he kept the play moving from deep.
The Spurs starlet came close to marking his first senior international appearance with a goal, shifting the ball well on the edge of the box before seeing his left-footed effort palmed away by goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus.
That was one of a number of half-chances for England, who struggled to carve open a disciplined Lithuanian backline.
The winner came in the first half, as Dele Alli was deemed to have been fouled in the area to leave in-form Harry Kane to slide the resulting spot kick home off the inside of the post.
Lithuania had opportunities to equalise but were wasteful in front of goal, whilst Michael Keane, who has made an inauspicious start to his Everton career since signing from Burnley in the summer, had Jack Butland to thank as the Stoke City stopper turned his wayward clearance around the post in the second period.
Whilst there were few positives to take from this display, Winksâ€™ composure in midfield was certainly one of them and Tottenham fans were delighted with his impact.
The best of their reaction from Twitter can be found below:
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks completed 98% of his 43 passes in the first half.
— Last Word On SpursðŸŽ™ (@LastWordOnSpurs) October 8, 2017
The talk of Harry Kane and deli Ali is understandable and Expected at spurs but Harry winks is a supreme talent making his way through ðŸ‘ðŸ»
— tom michael smith (@tommichaelsmith) October 8, 2017
Harry Kane & Harry Winks.
Spurs do love a Harry.
And to think, it all began with a Harry Hotspur#COYS
— Jason ðŸ”âš½ï¸ (@ryantegan) October 8, 2017
Amazing showing Harry Winks!
MOTM on his England debut!
Take a bow, lad!#COYS
— Ben Boorman (@benspurs21) October 8, 2017
— Armchair Spurs (@thfc_nyc) October 8, 2017
So many fans asking why Winks was even in the squad ðŸ˜‚ Who got MOTM last night?? #COYS
— Oliver Donovan (@Donny1013) October 9, 2017
— Kevin Zarzecki (@kevinzarzecki) October 9, 2017
— Yorkshire Spurs (@SpursYorkshire) October 9, 2017
— Michael (@michaelck1972) October 8, 2017
Winks dropping a motm performance on his England debut and Mark Noble is still waiting for his call up ðŸ˜‚#coys
— George (@thestorysospurs) October 8, 2017
I'm so happy for Winks I can't even put it into words. #COYS
— Tom Spur (@tom_spur) October 8, 2017
Winks in Spurs first team for the rest of the season now? No reason for that not to happen. He is ready #COYS
— Josh Fitter (@JoshFitter95) October 8, 2017
— The 8th King of Rome (@KingofRomeVIII) October 8, 2017
Winks and Dier will be our midfield duo in the World Cup. Both different class in comparison to someone like Henderson! #COYS
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) October 8, 2017