LONDON. – Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater was awarded his first England call-up yesterday for the forthcoming friendly games against Germany and the Netherlands.
Former Manchester United youth player Drinkwater (26) has played a key role for Leicester in their sensational surge to the top of the Premier League table and was rewarded with a place in England manager Roy Hodgson’s 24-man squad.
There were returns for Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck after injury, but captain Wayne Rooney misses out due to a knee pro- blem.
“What he’s done has been pretty evident to everybody,” Hodgson said of Drinkwater during a Press conference at Wembley Stadium.
“He’s had a fantastic season in a team that’s having a fantastic season, but even last year we were aware of him.
“In that area of the field the competition is quite fierce, but I thought this was a good opportunity to bring him in and see if he can produce that quality of football for England.” – AFP.