by LIAM RICHNER
Roy Hodgson has selected uncapped Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater in his 23-man squad to face Germany and the Netherlands later this month.
The 26-year old has been a catalyst for the Foxes magnificent season, with the club five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
The England manager has also recalled strikers Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck following his return from injury.
Hodgson’s side are now preparing for this summer’s European Championships in France, and players such as Drinkwater can now show the manager why they deserve a seat on the plane.
Our other Flat Back Four Sport writers have had their opinions on the England Squad.
Macaulay Daley: “For me, Hodgson has got the majority of the squad decisions correct. Drinkwater has been fantastic all season and fully deserves his chance to shine.
However, the exclusion of Mark Noble and Marc Albrighton show that Hodgson is focusing mainly on reputations over natural talent.
Both of these players have performed wonderfully for their clubs and their fantastic seasons. Players like Theo Walcott can’t get into the first team and somehow find themselves almost automatically guaranteed a place in the squad because they have been there and done it.”
Jack Prentice: “Hodgson has got most of this squad selection right, but there are two glaring omissions from the line-up that genuinely baffle me.
Firstly, the decision not to include probably the most consistent left-back in the Premier League this season, Aaron Cresswell, makes absolutely no sense.
He has no caps either and how do you learn about uncapped players if you are not prepared to try some of them out before the tournament in the summer?
The same goes for Marc Albrighton. He, like Danny Drinkwater, has been an unsung hero for Leicester City this season while Kante and Vardy have grabbed the headlines this season.
Surely he deserves a chance to show the England management what he can do? He certainly deserves it more than the inconsistent Theo Walcott.”
Butland, Forster, Hart; Bertrand, Cahill, Clyne, Jageilka, Rose, Smalling, Stones, Walker; Alli, Barkley, Dier, Drinkwater, Henderson, Lallana, Milner, Sterling; Kane, Sturridge, Vardy, Walcott, Welbeck.