Danny Drinkwater no more deserving of England place than West Ham's Mark Noble

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Amidst an incredible season for Leicester City, several of the club's players have stepped up and maintained form to prove their table-topping league position is no fluke.

Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahez and N'Golo Kante are three of such names, yet one other appears to be receiving the very same plaudits despite a lack of evidence suggesting he should - Danny Drinkwater.

This comes in light of his most recent 'man-of-the-match' performance against Newcastle United, against whom he played well but was oddly voted the fixture's best player despite it being far from his best display this season.


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As a result of the midfielder's seemingly impressive campaign thus far, an England call up for this summer's European Championships could be on the horizon - yet this would be something of a miscalculation from manager Roy Hodgson.

Against the Magpies on Monday, for example, you couldn't possibly count the number of 10-yard passes Drinkwater made on two hands. 

What you can count on one hand, however, is the small number of assists he has made this season - 4.

In fact, 31 Premier League players have more assists than him, ten of which English and three of which teammates of his. He has also only scored one goal in 28 league appearances.

Statistics aside, what's clear is the quality around Drinkwater has seen him somewhat undeservedly praised ahead of various other midfielders in the Premier League.

Mark Noble, for example, not only bests his countryman in terms of goals and assists combined but arguably as an all-around player.

The 28-year-old's raw passion, technical ability and aggression in the tackle make him the superior central midfielder and better choice when it comes to the England national team were either of them to be picked.

And yet, Drinkwater appears the more likely to claim a place on the plane to France, simply because Leicester are on course to win the Premier League.

There's a strong sense his place in Roy Hodgson's squad would largely be a result of his club's overall performance rather than his own - did someone say Tom Cleverley?

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