With the 2016 European Championships just around the corner, England manager Roy Hodgson will no doubt be going to several matches per-week just to cast his eye on the talents at his disposal and one man that can't be ignored is West Ham United's Michail Antonio.
Let me tell you why the 25-year-old winger from Upton Park could be in with a chance of making the England team for 2016.
Antonio has taken his time to settle into life at West Ham. He moved there over the summer after agreeing to leave Championship side Nottingham Forest in a deal worth around £7 million.
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Making the jump from the Championship to the Premier League can always be a tricky one, and unsurprisingly it took the winger time to adapt and time to break into Slaven Bilic's first-team.
However, since mid-December, Antonio has featured heavily in every single Premier League game for the Hammers and has finally looked settled and equipped in the starting XI.
So why could he be in contention for Hodgson's squad?
Arguably he hasn't scored a lot of goals so far this season, in fact, he's scored just three in the league, but he has got himself five assists which cannot be ignored given the fact a wingers job is mainly to provide for the striker ahead of him.
England Lacking Wingers
But look at the current options England have down the wing. On paper they might sound good options, but on the pitch, are they really cutting it?
Theo Walcott will be a certainty to go to France, but has he shown great form recently? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to go and he's barely kicked a ball for Arsene Wenger's side this season.
The likes of Raheem Sterling will of course be taken because he plays for a big club and has a £50 million transfer fee on his head.
Has Sterling been impressive though? Apart from his hat-trick against AFC Bournemouth, I'd question his performances for City since making the move over the summer.
It's clear to me that England really lack talented wingers and that's why Antonio could be considered if Hodgson looks outside of the box.
Ignoring the three aforementioned, you'd imagine Hogdson will then look at the big clubs and see the likes of James Milner, Jordon Ibe and Jesse Lingard, all who can do a job on the wing.
He'd then probably refer to former-squads and see Andros Townsend, who's just moved to Newcastle United.
If Hodgson does avoid falling into the same net previous managers have done, he could find himself stumbling across Antonio at West Ham and he could say to himself 'why not?'.
The 25-year-old is big, powerful and lightning quick as well. Another benefit for him is rival teams will have no idea how to handle him because they would have probably never seen him play before.
Hodgson could do a lot worse and although the majority of England fans would question the inclusion, he may well be a wildcard for the Three Lions.
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