Allardyce: Tomkins is as good as regular England duo

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has suggested James Tomkins is as good as two regular players for England.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has told London24 he doesn’t see a difference between Hammers defender James Tomkins and England regulars Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill.

Allardyce has claimed that Tomkins should be considered when Roy Hodgson names his next England squad, as he feels he’s been one of the side’s most consistent players so far this season.

“He is playing well and is consistent for us - People can scoff all they want, but he plays at a consistent level for us. I have seen him play against his rivals like Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill and I don’t see a huge amount of difference,” said Allardyce.

It’s big praise from the boss, which may have the clever motive of trying to keep his player motivated over the next few weeks.

West Ham have a home game against Crystal Palace this weekend and then face difficult back-to-back games against Arsenal and Chelsea.

Those two games in particular are going to seriously test the West Ham defence and Tomkins will need to be at his best to help his side keep clean sheets in both.

  PositionTeamOutfielder Blocks per GameWon Tackles per GameInterceptions Won per GameAppearancesMins Played
Phil Jagielka DF Everton 0.96 1.2 1.68 25 2,205
James Tomkins DF West Ham 0.79 1.42 1.79 19 1,651
Gary Cahill DF Chelsea 0.71 0.75 0.92 24 1,940

In terms of tackles and interceptions this season, the stats suggest that Allardyce has a point and that Tomkins is more aggressive when trying to win the ball back and more proactive in terms of trying to read the play.

He is off the pace in terms of outfield blocks, but then it’s important to remember that he’s played fewer games this season.

England don’t have another game until Friday March 27 so there is still plenty of time for Tomkins to step up and attempt to leave an impression in the mind of Hodgson.

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