Tottenham’s Alex Pritchard wants to emulate Mesut Özil
Tottenham’s Alex Pritchard has urged Gareth Southgate to take the strongest possible squad to the under-21 European Championships this summer.
“You look at Spain and Germany when they played Under-21s, with the likes of Mesut Özil, and they moved onto the national team having all played together,” Pritchard told the Sun newspaper.
“I think it’s about time England started producing in tournaments. With the talent we’ve got in the squad, I don’t see why we can’t go there and win.”
Özil and Germany won the under-21 European Championships six years ago, and many of that team were part of Germany side which lifted the World Cup in Brazil 2014.
The World Cup winner has scored three times and created four goals since returning to the starting team in January.
Özil was left out of the starting lineup against Newcastle United at St James Park due to illness.