England include Drinkwater in squads for Germany, Holland friendlies

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Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been called up to the English national team for the first time.

Roy Hodgson has included one of the unsung heroes of Leicester’s remarkable Premier League title charge for two March friendlies, as the Three Lions face World champs Germany in Berlin on Mar. 26 and host the Netherlands on Mar. 29 at Wembley Stadium.

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Also included are Danny Welbeck, who has returned from a long-term injury, and Tottenham left back Danny Rose. Southampton’s Fraser Forster also returns to the squad after he won the PL Player of the Month for February following his sensational return to form.

Below is the full 24-man squad in full, as West Ham’s duo of Mark Noble and Michail Antonio can count themselves unlucky to have missed out. The Hammers are the only top 10 PL team who don’t have a single player in the squad.

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England has qualified for the 2016 European Championships in France this summer and these friendlies will be key tune-ups for Hodgson’s team.


Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Southampton)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Man United), Phil Jagielka (Everton), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), James Milner (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Strikers: Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)