Since the introduction of the Premier League, England seem to have adopted a mentality of ‘a cap for everyone’ with no real method in the madness as to why players are and aren’t used at international level.
For example, Chris Sutton surprisingly only ever received one Three Lions cap despite having several impressive years at Blackburn Rovers (including winning the Premier League title). Whereas players like Steve Guppy and Jay Bothroyd have you wondering why they were even called up to begin with.
Danny Drinkwater recently joined the ‘one-cap’ wonders club for England, a club which makes up almost 30% of all Three Lions internationals. And come the end of that 90 minutes against the Netherlands, Glenn Hoddle was awarding the Leicester City midfielder the Man of the Match award.
I didn’t blame, Glenn, though, as we are all guilty, all of the time, of jumping on a bandwagon and getting carried away in the waves of hysteria – whether they be positive or negative. Hoddle’s decision to make the former Manchester United midfielder MOTM felt like a pre-determined one; one that would continue to fuel the ‘fairytale’ season that Leicester City were at the time having – and ended up living out – and allow Hoddle to be the ‘good guy’, the guy who kept the dream ticking over.
Under Claudio Ranieri, Leicester have become a unit, a team that works so hard for one another and one that works so well together. However, if you start breaking parts off of that well-oiled machine, is it really worth having them? After all, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and unless Roy Hodgson can call-up N’Golo Kante as well then it really is pointless having Drinkwater in the Euro 2016 squad.
Drinkwater’s call-up for the Holland friendly always felt like Hodgson bowing to the pressure of the media and English fans – thankfully Hodgson is continuing to refuse to listen to the delusional Hammers over Mark Noble but that’s for another article. The only way the defensive-midfielder should really be on the plane (train?) to France is if Hodgson was unable to call upon the majority of the following: Jordan Henderson, Michael Carrick, Jack Wilshere, Fabian Delph, James Milner and Eric Dier – and he’s able to call upon all of them.
The harsh reality is that Drinkwater simply isn’t good enough for a team that are fourth favourites to lift the trophy this summer and should certainly be one of the three players cut from the final 23-man squad.