Does Aaron Cresswell deserve an England call-up?

Aaron Cresswell

England already have a plethora of left-back options but Aaron Cresswell has emerged as another contender this season.

The latest England squad announcement is just a couple of weeks away and Roy Hodgson has some very tricky decisions to make.

One area of his side where he is certainly not struggling for options is at left-back.

Leighton Baines has been the staple choice for over a year now, but his recent injury and Everton’s poor form means even his pace in the squad is not certain.

Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand have been in great form this season at Champions League chasing clubs and must surely be in consideration.

That’s not even mentioning the currently injured Luke Shaw, who was signed by Manchester United for £27million last summer per BBC Sport.

Another contender who has appeared after some consistent displays at West Ham is Aaron Cresswell.

The left-back, who the Hammers signed from Ipswich Town last summer, has been ever-present in the Premier League this season.

Cresswell has a terrific engine and is capable of running up-and-down the touchline continuously for 90 minutes. He has proved this campaign that he is up to playing this gruelling role in a narrow diamond formation, a system which Hodgson has utilised in recent internationals.

His 27 chances created in the league prove he is a force when crossing from wide areas whilst he has shown he can do his fair share of defensive work too, making 135 clearances, 27 interceptions and winning 67% of his aerial duels.

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