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Harry Winks set for shock Spain call-up? Er, it appears not

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Harry Winks set for shock Spain call-up? Er, it appears not

Harry Winks set for shock Spain call-up? Er, doesn't look like it

Matthew Childs

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Reports have linked Tottenham Hotspur's Winks with a surprise Spanish call - but the 21-year-old doesn't seem to be eligible after all.
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Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks has been linked with a surprise call-up by Spain, with the 2010 World Cup winners claimed to be looking into his eligibility.

Winks for Spain?!

The 21-year-old midfielder has impressed for Tottenham this season, making 19 Premier League appearances for Mauricio Pochettino's second-placed side.

And, citing "reports from Spain", the Daily Mirror said on Monday that Hemel Hempstead-born Winks has Spanish grandparents and is being tracked by La Roja.

Harry Winks.

Ah, hold on...

However, UK-based Spanish journalist Guillem Balagué says that it is Winks' great grandparents - not his grandparents - who are from the country.

This would mean that the Spurs youth product, who made his England Under-21 debut in a friendly against France in November, is not Spanish qualified.

Balagué also reports that the RFEF are fully aware that Winks is ineligible for consideration by national coach Julen Lopetegui.

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