Downing tips five Hammers stars for England

West Ham United have a number of players in contention to be selected for the next England squad.

Stewart Downing has told West Ham United's official site that he believes five of his teammates are in contention to receive call-ups to the England squad in March. 

The Hammers' success this campaign has not gone unnoticed by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson, who has been a regular at the Boleyn Ground, and Downing thinks he will have been impressed with what he has seen.

The 30-year-old attacking midfielder believes that James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell, Carl Jenkinson and Andy Carroll could all be selected to play for the national team and he is hoping his own good form is also recognised. 

"There is an international break at the end of March and I would love to be in the England squad again - and I hope I won't be the only West Ham player in there, either," he said. 

"With the way we've been playing, a lot of the lads have done really well. Andy has come back and done really well and I'm sure he'll be looking at the squad closely, as will the likes of Mark, Tonks, Jenkinson and Cresswell. Roy Hodgson has watched a lot of our games, so there are a lot of our lads in contention."

England take on Lithuania and Italy in March and it will be a reflection of the Hammers' form this campaign if Hodgson does call up all six of their potential candidates. 

West Ham have been one of the Premier League's best teams this term and they have thrust themselves into European contention with a brilliant opening half.

Sam Allardyce's men have attacked with pace and propose and although their form has tailed off slightly, they are still likely to claim their best finish in recent memory. 

West Ham are currently in seventh in the table and if they can continue to perform to their optimum potential until May they could even climb higher than that. 

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