Harry Winks admits it has been hard to watch around as England reached the semi-finals of finals.
The Tottenham midfielder dropped out on the run prior to getting healthy and starring last season.
More fitness issues followed closely – even though starting Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat – England manager Gareth Southgate decided to not incorporate the group in June.
But after beginning the season back at the Spurs side, Winks was recalled to the England squad for the European Qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
“Yes, I spoke to the gaffer the week before the [Champions League] final,” he responded when asked if he understood why he was left out of this Nations League squad.
“He phoned me and gave me his views. I completely respect the decision of the gaffer, I had been out for a couple of weeks after an operation and he had to mention the squad prior to the Champions League [closing ].
“Therefore I completely understand that his thinking. My thinking was Tottenham – to get fit, for in that Champions League team.
“Then clearly later it might have been an honour to go out with England, however, for different reasons I completely understand why the gaffer did so. I admire his decision.
“It’s always tricky to see any football you’re part of if you are unfamiliar – notably the World Cup.
“First and foremost I had been an England fan, I wanted us to perform so well, but it is everybody’s dream to play with their own states, so to have missed that has been difficult.
“And to miss from this Nations League was tough. But that is football. Choices are made by people and it is part and parcel of moving on.
“We have obtained the Euros to look forward to, so hopefully I can stay healthy and perform a role in this”
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