Young duo inspired by England stars
16 November 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
It’s been a “surreal” day for Harry Winks and Shayon Harrison.
With the senior England national team preparing for Tuesday night’s friendly against France at our Hotspur Way training base this morning (Monday, November 16), the young duo were invited to join in with the Three Lions’ session to help bolster the numbers.
For Harry, 19, and 18-year-old Shayon, it was a valuable chance to taste life at the top of the footballing ladder as they trained alongside England regulars such as Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Raheem Sterling – plus our own quartet of Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Dele Alli and Eric Dier.
Naturally, it was very much a case of “right place, right time” for the duo, who acknowledged as much afterwards when they quickly came back into the real world and set about their usual Club duties.
Nevertheless, both said they felt “honoured” to have helped out the Three Lions ahead of their latest match at Wembley.
“It was brilliant, surreal really!” beamed midfielder Harry, who has made two first team appearances for us to date and represented England Under-20s in a friendly in France last week.
“I got a phone call last night from John McDermott (our Head of Player Development) telling me to come in early today. He didn’t give a reason, but then when I came in I found out that I’d be training with the England seniors. I gave my family a call to let them know and they were delighted.
“We were soon out there on the pitches and I loved every minute of it. The fact that there were some Spurs players in the group was certainly helpful in terms of easing into it all.
“For me, the chance to train with top quality, world-class players who are legends of the Premier League and Champions League can only inspire me to get to where they are. I’d love to follow in their footsteps one day.”
As for Shayon, a regular for our Under-21s, he’s still coming to terms with a whirlwind morning.
“It was a fantastic experience, a great learning curve and it’s still sinking in really,” said the forward.
“To train with England is a big pleasure and I’m very grateful for the opportunity. Wayne Rooney is one of the best strikers in our country in my opinion and it was great to train with him, plus of course Harry Kane, who I look up to immensely.
“I was allowed to keep my training jersey afterwards so I’m very grateful for that too – I’ll certainly treasure it.”