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Danny Drinkwater back in England squad for upcoming World Cup qualifier

Jamie Vardy joins Drinkwater for Big Sam’s selection as England boss.

England v Netherlands - International Friendly Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

New England manager Sam Allardyce announced his first squad selection for the Three Lions’ upcoming World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday - and it included a very familiar face for Leicester supporters.

Danny Drinkwater has been brought back into the squad after narrowly missing out on the Euros, under then manager Roy Hodgson. The 26-year-old who has made three appearances for his country, including a Man of the Match performance against the Netherlands in March.

It’s been a good week for the midfielder as he just signed a new five-year contract with Leicester and followed that up with a stunning assist on Jamie Vardy’s opener for the Foxes against Swansea on Saturday.

Joining Drinkwater in the squad is the goal-scorer Vardy who has been capped 11 times for his country, notching four goals in the process.

England begins life under Allardyce on September 4 when it travels to Trnava to take on a typically tricky Slovakia side at the City Arena.

Drinkwater will be battling for a midfield place with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana and Wayne Rooney, who has been listed as a midfielder in Big Sam’s first squad.