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Of the past 30 England debutants, 12 have been managed by Mauricio Pochettino at either Southampton or Tottenham. Harry Winks, the latest, was named man-of-the-match in Sunday's 1-0 win in Lithuania, crediting the Spurs manager afterwards.

Gareth Southgate has described Pochettino as England's "secret weapon" and if the national team makes progress in next summer's World Cup, Pochettino will deserve some of the credit.

So, who are Pochettino's 12 and how important are they to the national team? ESPN FC ranked them in reverse order:

12. Rickie Lambert

Now retired, Lambert's international career was fleeting but heartening. The former factory worker scored with his first touch against Scotland in August 2013 and was Roy Hodgson's "big man" and Plan B for the 2014 World Cup, making one appearance from the bench in the defeat to Uruguay.

11. Jay Rodriguez

One of Pochettino's successes in the goalscoring wing-forward role, Rodriguez's solitary cap came in November 2013 after his Southampton manager had turned him into a consistent Premier League scorer. He was a good bet for a place in the 2014 World Cup squad before a ruptured cruciate ligament ruled him out of the entire 2014-15 season. The forward, who joined WBA from Saints in the summer, has not been the same since.

10. Ryan Mason

Midfielder Mason is also unlikely to add to his solitary cap, earned against Italy in March 2015, due to injury. Pochettino made Mason's career by throwing him into the Tottenham first-team but he is a doubt to ever play again due a horror skull fracture suffered in January. If he does return to his very best, he has the quality to play for England, particularly given the dearth of options in midfield.

9. Fraser Forster

Forster was actually named in England squads before Pochettino arrived at Southampton but he didn't win a cap until November 2013. The goalkeeper did not feature in the last World Cup or Euro 2016, despite being named in the squads, and he is not guaranteed to go to Russia next summer.

8. Luke Shaw

Under Pochettino, Shaw was hailed as Ashley Cole's successor at left-back but now, with Jose Mourinho as his club manager, he is behind Ryan Cresswell. The teenage Shaw was included ahead of Cole in the 2014 World Cup and he was the youngest player to feature at the tournament. A double leg fracture in November 2015 halted his progress and he has hardly been used by Mourinho at Old Trafford. At 22, he still has plenty of time.

7. Kieran Trippier

It says a lot about Pochettino's ability to improve full-backs that Trippier won an England cap despite being Spurs' second choice right-back. Kyle Walker's exit has increased his chances of displacing his former teammate in the national team. For now, at least, he is well ahead of injury-hit Nathaniel Clyne, another Pochettino success story.

Harry Kane, the favourite to be Wayne Rooney's successor as England's captain, is a Mauricio Pochettino success story.

6. Harry Winks

Is the 21-year-old the answer to England's creativity problem? Winks has been carefully nurtured by Pochettino but has still only made four Premier League starts for Spurs. His call-up was as much a reflection of England's faith in Pochettino as of Winks' form but he has the qualities that have traditionally been missing from the national team's midfield.

5. Eric Dier

Dier is more useful to England as a holding midfielder than a defender and Southgate again has Pochettino to thank for that. Dier is England's best bet to shield the defence and his versatility, encouraged by Pochettino, will prove a big plus when picking a squad for Russia.

4. Danny Rose

When Pochettino joined Tottenham, the first thing he promised much-maligned left-back Rose was an England cap. His faith in the full-back helped him finally earn that in March 2016, and Pochettino may hold the key to Rose's hopes of playing for England again in the foreseeable future. The manager must decide whether to select the in-disgrace defender when he returns to fitness, following his controversial outburst in August.

3. Dele Alli

A huge Pochettino success story, Alli went from a £5 million signing from League One to a superstar under the manager's guidance. He is yet to sparkle for England as he has done for Pochettino's Tottenham but his relationship with Harry Kane and game-changing qualities hold the key to the national team's hopes of success in Russia.

2. Adam Lallana

The lifeblood of England's creativity, Lallana has underlined his importance to Southgate in the last week -- by not playing. The injured Liverpool player, who also made his debut in November 2015, went up a level after Pochettino joined Southampton, becoming the super-fit, tempo-setter he is today, and he is England's best hope of unlocking stubborn defences and linking midfield and attack.

1. Harry Kane

On this week's evidence, England are on the way to becoming "the Harry Kane team". Pochettino's greatest success story is now England's best player and the favourite to be Wayne Rooney's permanent successor as captain. Kane has scored 12 times in 23 England appearances and he looks destined to challenge Rooney's goal-scoring record.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.

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