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.
@OfficialBigSam names his first #ThreeLions squad, with a debut call-up for @WestHamUtd winger @Michailantonio. pic.twitter.com/TbEeMzBzEA— England (@England) August 28, 2016
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.
Proud to be selected for the @England squad. Looking forward to meeting up with the team & management #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/cFZ2hjWnhG— Danny Drinkwater (@DannyDrinkwater) August 28, 2016
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.