West Ham's Aaron Cresswell deserved England call-up for friendlies

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As Roy Hodgson's England gears up for this summer's European Championships, upcoming friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands provide the perfect opportunity for players to prove their worth on the international stage.

In some cases, Hodgson has rewarded players for their domestic performances with a call-up, yet one has managed to be overlooked once again: West Ham left-back, Aaron Cresswell.

The 26-year-old has played a vital and solid role in the Hammers' excellent season thus far and can only be described as a bargain at £4 million after signing from Ipswich Town in 2014.


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In fact, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say he was Sam Allardyce's best signing whilst manager at Upton Park.

This campaign, the former Liverpool starlet has been a stalwart in West Ham's defence, playing in all but one league game.

The Englishman's performances have been superbly consistent, yet Hodgson has looked past him and towards Tottenham's Danny Rose and Southampton's Ryan Bertrand, who have zero and three Three Lions caps respectively.

Statistically, there's isn't much to separate the three, but given Bertrand has been given his shot once before, there's a sense of injustice that Cresswell has once again missed out, especially so given he's arguably been the Premier League's best left-back this season.

Hodgson has previously acknowledged Cresswell as a good player who is on his radar but also confirmed there is strong competition for places. Time is essentially running out for the 26-year-old to stake his claim, but if he can continue performing between now and May, he'll have an even bigger case for selection.

West Ham fans expressed their frustrations at the full-back not being selected and rightly so - they can only hope the Hammers' rich form continues to help Cresswell's bid to feature in France.

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