Dietmar Hamann scornful of West Ham and Leicester midfielders' England chances

The former Germany midfielder says he cannot see any reason why Roy Hodgson would want to select Mark Noble or Danny Drinkwater in his squad.

Dietmar Hamann has given a damning verdict on reports that West Ham United captain Mark Noble and Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater could be in line for an England call-up, whilst speaking to talkSPORT.

Hodgson hinted on Wednesday that the pair, who have been consistently impressive performers in their high-flying teams this season, were "knocking on the door" of his squad for the friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.

However, Hamann, who played 59 times for Germany in an eight-year senior international career, was scornful of the suggestion that the duo should be given a chance for the Three Lions.

He told talkSPORT: "Drinkwater is having an exceptional season, as is Mark Noble, who has been a very good Premier League player, but I just don’t see what they would add to what England have already got.

"Drinkwater is fulfilling the potential he showed at Manchester United in his early days, and no doubt both are having fantastic seasons, but I don’t think either of them warrant a place in the squad.

"I don’t see any reason why Hodgson would bring two new players in. I think Roy is doing the right thing by sticking with the players he’s already got."

Hodgson has been criticised in some quarters in the past for apparent reluctance to pick in-form uncapped players for so-called 'smaller clubs', choosing instead to rely on tried and tested internationals, most of whom play for traditionally successful teams.

However, he has been unable resist selecting Leicester's Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy, and in recent times he has also given caps to unproven international players such as Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, Tottenham trio Dele Alli, Ryan Mason and Eric Dier, and Newcastle United's January signing Jonjo Shelvey.

The fine form of Drinkwater and Noble, both of whom have been integral parts of their respective clubs' successes this season, could lead Hodgson to give either or both of them a first senior cap at the end of this month.

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