Aaron Cresswell has been one of the most consistent players in the Premier League since his arrival at West Ham last summer, and Jason Cundy has attempted to explain to talkSPORT why he has always been overlooked by Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal.
He said: “I do feel sorry for Cresswell, as he has been tremendous since his transfer from Ipswich. He has attracted interest from a number of clubs. Unfortunately, Gibbs has played for England, and Roy Hodgson knows him. It’s not as if a player has walked past Cresswell who hasn’t played many games. I can understand why Gibbs is in there.”
Cresswell has played every single game when available since arriving at West Ham, and has proven himself as one of the best all-round full-backs in the Premier League.
He possesses a solid defensive mentality, but has also proved his attacking skills, and there are few players in the league who are as better suited to the modern game as Cresswell.
In terms of the England team, Ryan Bertrand is a consistent call-up, as he has proven himself in the league with Southampton, but aside from him, there is no guaranteed second-choice.
Cresswell would appear to be a logical option, but Gibbs consistently gets called up by England despite his lack of games for Arsenal. The 26-year-old has played just 11 games this season in all competitions, but waltzed back into Hodgson’s squad with no real right to be there.
However, Cundy has suggested that, because Gibbs has played under Hodgson before, he is a less risky option to call up than Cresswell, who has yet to make his debut.
Calling up Cresswell would require him to be incorporated into the international set-up, and it appears Hodgson would prefer to continue with players who he is certain are already acclimatised to that level of football.