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​Tottenham star Winks: Watching Nations League was tough

Tottenham star Harry Winks admits that it was difficult for him to watch the UEFA Nations League.

The Spurs midfielder was not involved at the World Cup or in the Finals of the Nations League, despite helping England reach the event this past summer.

But Winks wants to put his head down and earn back his place in the England team.

"Yes, I spoke to the gaffer the week before the [Champions League] final," he replied when asked if he understood why he was left out of the Nations League squad by reporters.

"He called me and gave me his views. I totally respect the gaffer's decision, I was out for a few weeks after an operation and he had to name the squad before the Champions League [final].

"So I totally understand his thinking. At that moment in time, my thinking was with Tottenham - to get fit, to get in that Champions League team.

"Then obviously afterwards it would have been an honour to go away with England, but for different reasons I totally understand why the gaffer did that. I respect his decision.

"It is always difficult to watch any football you're a part of when you're not involved - especially the World Cup.

"First and foremost I was an England fan, I wanted us to do so well, but it's everyone's dream to play for their countries, so to have missed that was difficult.

"And to miss out of the Nations League was difficult. But that's football. People make decisions and it's part and parcel of moving on.

"We've got the Euros to look forward to, so hopefully I can stay fit and play a part in that."

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