James Tomkins discusses Aaron Cresswell’s chances of playing for England after impressive West Ham form

Aaron Cresswell

Aaron Cresswell could be in line to replace Manchester United's Luke Shaw in the England team.

Luke Shaw suffered an unfortunate leg break earlier this week, and James Tomkins has told talkSPORT that West Ham teammate Aaron Cresswell has a chance of taking the Manchester United star's place in the England team.

Tomkins said: “Hopefully, he [Shaw] gets back soon but when someone goes down, there is a chance for someone else and if Cressy keeps performing and doing well I have told him already there is a chance there for him. Roy is trying to push the youngsters forward and Cresswell is not old, he is only 25, so if he can keep performing there is definitely a chance there.”

Shaw is undoubted first-choice left-back under England boss Roy Hodgson, but now that he is out of action, the head coach has a tough decision to make.

Ryan Bertrand and Kieran Gibbs are other frequent selections, but Cresswell has a rightful claim to his first cap after the impressive two seasons he has enjoyed at the Boleyn Ground.

The 25-year-old has made 50 appearances for the East London club, having signed from Ipswich last summer, and has established himself as one of the best, and undoubtedly the most consistent, left-back in the Premier League.

He is defensively excellent, but he has also shown an attacking aptitude with an eye for goal as well as creative skills. He is a perfect modern-day full-back, and statistically he has been similar to Shaw this term.

Cresswell has one more assist that Shaw, whilst also averaging more interceptions per game than the United star - 2.4 for Cresswell in comparison with only one for Shaw. However, Shaw is a better tackler of the ball, and is much better at dribbling up the pitch - even if he is more wasteful in the final third.

Cresswell has every right to be called up for the next international break, and if he continues his fine form for the Hammers, he could just make it to the finals of Euro 2016 next summer.

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