Former England internationals Trevor Sinclair and Joey Barton have suggested that Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater should be selected by Roy Hodgson ahead of more established players such as James Milner and Fabian Delph.
The Foxes man was named man of the match as his side saw off Newcastle United 1-0 on Monday night to move top of the Premier League table with just eight matches remaining.
The 26-year-old has been one of the most consistent performers for Claudio Ranieri's side this season, missing just two Premier League matches in the centre of midfield.
The impressive displays from the former Manchester United youth prospect has seen him tipped to join his teammate Jamie Vardy in the England senior set-up by players and pundits alike in recent weeks.
Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann said last week that he could see no reason for Hodgson to choose players such as Drinkwater and Noble over established internationals, but the German's former City teammate Sinclair clearly disagrees.
After ex-midfielder Curtis Woodhouse suggested that Drinkwater had been better this season than such players as Delph, Milner, and the latter's Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson, Sinclair appeared to agree with the sentiment.
When he was then asked if he thought Drinkwater should be ahead of another impressive midfield performer, West Ham United's Mark Noble, in the England pecking order, Sinclair suggested that he probably was.
He's prob ahead of Nobes tbh but there's a case for them both going imo https://t.co/tDH6OvqE8J— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) March 14, 2016
Sinclair then admitted his concern at Hodgson's suggestion that he had already got a first-choice XI in mind for the summer tournament despite being able to test out other options in the upcoming friendlies.
Meanwhile, Joey Barton seemed to share his former City teammates' opinion that Drinkwater should be selected, and suggested that any call-up for the Foxes man would already be overdue.
Drinkwater's latest star turn has certainly given Hodgson something to think about, and if Leicester go on to win the unlikeliest of league titles then the Three Lions boss may find it virtually impossible not to select him.