We are less than two weeks away from Euro 2016 and the last chance saloon is looming. For some players it is their chance to earn a seat on the plane to France, while for others it is a time where they worry about missing out on what could be the only international tournament of their career.
Earlier this month, Roy Hodgson named a 26-man squad for Euro 2016, and three will have to be cut by the end of the month. However, one of those cut must not be Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater.
It has been an incredible season for Drinkwater, who has not only become a top Premier League midfielder, but has also played a huge part in one of the greatest sporting fairy tales in history, by helping Leicester to the title. Making the England squad for the Euros would be the perfect reward for the form that he has shown this season.
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Based on his performances this season, Drinkwater must be included in Hodgson’s final squad. The 26-year-old has been at the heart of Leicester’s miraculous season, forming a strong partnership with Frenchman N’Golo Kante in the centre of midfield. Only Aston Villa’s Idrissa Gueye has recovered the ball more than more than the former Manchester United man.
Drinkwater has also stepped up his game with the ball at his feet. He has created 44 chances for his team mates, seven of them leading to goals. Given that Leicester’s pass accuracy is the lowest recorded by a Premier League winner since records began, the Englishman's record of 78% is pretty impressive.
It looks likely that Hodgson will have to leave out at least one of Drinkwater, Jack Wilshere and Fabian Delph when his final squad is announced. Given that Wilshere played only 140 minutes of Premier League football this season, you would think he would be the one to be left out, but he has been favoured by Hodgson in the years he has been England manager.
Making the final squad for Euro 2016 would be the perfect end to what has been an unbelievable season for Drinkwater.
Based on performances over the last year alone, Drinkwater must make the squad, but it really depends on whether Hodgson favours Delph and Wilshere regardless of performance level.
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