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.

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, Winks’ 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:



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