Harry Kane, Harry Winks thank Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino for England guidance
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 08/10/17 9:53pm
Harry Kane and Harry Winks say they "cannot thank Mauricio Pochettino enough" for the Tottenham manager's hand in their England careers.
Kane was captain as Winks made his senior international debut in the 1-0 victory over Lithuania in their final World Cup qualifier on Sunday.
The pair are two of 12 Premier League players to have earned their England debuts under Pochettino at Spurs and Southampton, and Kane heaped praise on Winks, who described his debut as "a dream come true".
Winks told Sky Sports News: "(Mauricio) is a fantastic manager and he has a lot of belief in us. Not only does he give us the opportunity but he gives us advice when we need it.
"I can't thank him enough for everything he's done for me. I suppose it's about me paying it back, and fortunately, it went well tonight.
England debutants under Mauricio Pochettino
|Rickie Lambert||Dele Alli|
|Fraser Forster||Harry Kane|
|Adam Lallana||Eric Dier|
|Jay Rodriguez||Ryan Mason|
"It was a great day. To get the win was the main thing obviously but, on a personal note, it was a dream come true. I've wanted to play for England since I can remember; as soon as I kicked a ball. It's something you aspire to do at any level. To get a full cap is a dream."
Kane scored the only goal in the 1-0 win in Lithuania, having scored the winner against Slovenia at Wembley last Thursday that sealed England's place in the 2018 World Cup finals.
Kane, who has scored 14 goals in 12 games for club and country this season, told Sky Sports News: "(These players earning their England debuts) show Mauricio's one of the best managers in the world, if not the best.
"He brings players through, gives them chances on the big stage and they deliver for him. We can't thank him enough for that. He deserves all the credit. He helped us get to where we are now, and Harry is another player under his management.
"I thought he played really well tonight. He was probably one of the best players on the pitch. He deserves it. He's come in and worked hard. I'm delighted for him and his family should be very proud."