Hard One For Drinkwater To Swallow?
With the expected exits of Fabian Delph and Andros Townsend from the England potentials, there is one name that sticks out as a player who really should be on the plane, Danny Drinkwater.
Written By Robert Innes - June 1, 2016
After an exceptional season with the unlikely champions of England, the 26 year old former Manchester United youth has won many admirers over the past year. Among these admirers is former England midfielder Glenn Hoddle who awarded the Drinkwater Man of the Match on his England debut! Given that the England gaffer has seen fit to call him up for international friendlies, being instrumental in the success of the Premier League Champions, a Man of the Match performance on his full international debut and 4 assists from his own half this season! (more than anyone else in the BPL), why has he then been left out the 23 man squad? This has left some England fans scratching their head.
Given the rest of the names in the squad it begs the question, who deserves to be on that plane more than him? Milner, Henderson, Wilshere, Dier? Have any of these players had a better season than Drinkwater?
The largest and most obvious question mark hangs above the head of Jack Wilshere who has racked up a grand total of 141 minutes played in the Premier League this season! Or less than 2 full games if you prefer. Wiltshire is undoubtedly a talented midfielder with great feet, vision and work ethic however he is a constant injury worry more so even than England teammate Daniel Sturridge (another player who is included to the detriment of Leicester’s holding midfielder) and given that Roy Hodgson himself stated that Walcott has not played enough minutes to warrant a call up, it really does look like the England boss is playing favourites.
Further to Wilshere’s injury woes, fellow central midfielder Jordan Henderson has missed England duty of late with injuries himself. It would appear that with pressure to take Marcus Rashford (a rightful inclusion in my opinion) Roy Hodgson has decided to ignore his central midfielder’s likelihood of being injured and taken 5 strikers anyway, one of whom is Wayne Rooney who wants to reinvent himself as a midfielder on the eve of a major international tournament (good timing Wayne).
Far be it from me to question the selection of a man who hasn’t won a single trophy as a manager in 15 years and only managed 1 point in his last World Cup group, but the obvious decision for a holding midfielder with a range of passing to dictate play is, and has been for the past year, Danny Drinkwater, no matter how badly Wayne Rooney want to be the next Paul Scholes.