West Ham's Aaron Cresswell should be England's first choice left back in Roy Hodgson's next squad

Aaron Cresswell

The 25-year-old has been in outstanding form since his arrival from Ipswich, and could well benefit from injuries to Leighton Baines and England's other fullbacks.

With ongoing injury problems to Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand, and Leighton Baines, there is no reason whatsoever why West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell shouldn't be given a chance for England in the coming weeks.

Including the fact that Kieran Gibbs, picked ahead of Cresswell in the last squad, was once more on the bench as West Ham beat Arsenal, it leaves arguably only Luke Shaw as the Hammers man's fit, and in favour competition for the England left back slot ahead of the upcoming September matches.

The Three Lions have two fixtures lined up as they travel to San Marino on September 5 and then host Switzerland three days later.

Right now, Roy Hodgson has as good a selection of left backs to choose from as any England boss has done for 25 years, but only when everyone is fit. Though the country may lack one outstanding option on the left flank, as they had with Ashley Cole until recently, there are plenty of young players that could yet be deemed the future at left fullback if they are given a chance.

However, few are as deserving as Cresswell, despite the 25-year-old only having one season of Premier League football under his belt, and though some of the players above may have returned to their sides by the time the next squad is announced, the former Tractor Boy has clearly earned an international chance.

The Hammers produced mixed performances last season under Sam Allardyce, but one of the real constants of the campaign was the form of the former Ipswich Town man.

He played every minute of every game in the league and FA Cup last year, winning Hammer of the Year, Player of the Year, and also being deservedly rewarded with a new five-year deal.

It saw speculation linking Cresswell to both Manchester City and Chelsea over the summer, via the Mirror, rumours that have thankfully for West Ham fans have died down somewhat recently with his new contract.

However, with Cresswell playing his part in the club' superb 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates in the first game of the season, Roy Hodgson surely must include the West Ham star in the next England setup, and arguably, should look to involve him as much as possible from here on in.

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