Every year there is a media circus around another player that they feel deserves England recognition. At one point it was Bobby Zamora, last year it was Harry Kane. Now the bandwagon has moved on to Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater, something that Roy Hodgson has picked up on. But despite the Euros being just three months away, Drinkwater has certainly earned a place in the side.
Until recently, Drinkwater has gone about his business quietly, with his midfield partner N’Golo Kante taking most of the praise aimed towards the pair. In recent weeks though, the 26-year-old has stood out more, something which has highlighted his consistent form this season.
Very few would have predicted that Drinkwater would have been in line for an England call-up at the start of the season, given his lack of Premier League experience. This time around, Drinkwater has been a key part of the Foxes side that looks set to win the Premier League title, and it has rightly earned him a place in the Three Lions’ squad.
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This season, Drinkwater has added an excellent range of passing to his game, which has seen him complete the sixth most number of passes by an Englishman in the Premier League. This was on show at the King Power against Newcastle on Monday, where he completed more passes than anyone, as well as more in the opposition half.
He has also shown grit to his game often alien to England midfielders, registering more successful tackles than any other English player this season.
Claudio Ranieri is another man who deserves huge credit for Drinkwater’s magnificent form, having shown loyalty with the midfielder throughout the season. The Italian could easily have gone with the experience of Switzerland captain Gokhan Inler when Leicester have gone through difficult spells, but he has stuck with Drinkwater in a move that has certainly paid off.
It remains to be seen whether Drinkwater will make Roy Hodgson’s final spot for Euro 2016, but should he impress against the Netherlands and Germany, he will certainly make himself a strong contender.