Danny Gabbidon expects Mark Noble to earn England call-up; Danny Drinkwater to follow

Mark Noble and Danny Drinkwater are among the Premier League's standout midfielders this season.

Former West Ham United defender Danny Gabbidon has told a fan that he expects Mark Noble to earn an England call-up on Thursday, and believes Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater will follow.

Roy Hodgson names his latest Three Lions squad later today and, responding to a tweet asking him about Noble's chances, Gabbidon wrote: " Very good question... I expect to see him in there along with Drinkwater #comeonroydotherightthing".

Gabbidon played alongside Noble for six seasons at Upton Park, while he and Drinkwater both played for Cardiff City albeit at different times.

Both players have been regulars in their sides this season, helping them to first and fifth respectively in the Premier League, but remain uncapped by their country.

At international level, where maintaining possession is so often crucial, few English midfielders compare to Noble and Drinkwater in terms of total passes per game and touches per game this season.

  PositionTeamTotal Pass GAMETouches GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Eric Dier MF Tottenham 55.38 67.59 29 2,562
Ross Barkley MF Everton 51.46 73.46 28 2,456
Dele Alli MF Tottenham 32.61 53.29 28 2,047
Daniel Drinkwater MF Leicester 54.64 70.25 28 2,412
Mark Noble MF West Ham 52.36 67 28 2,431
James Milner MF Liverpool 46.78 70.39 23 1,989
Michael Carrick MF Man Utd 55.57 64.14 21 1,424
Tom Cleverley MF Everton 42.27 57.13 15 1,139
Jordan Henderson MF Liverpool 57.8 73.07 15 1,177
Fabian Delph MF Man City 26.17 36.25 12 513
Jonjo Shelvey MF Newcastle 55 71.75 8 716

England face Germany and Holland later this month, with time running out for players on the periphery of Hodgson's plans to stake their claims for Euro 2016.

But with qualifying regulars Jack Wilshere and Fabian Delph struggling for fitness and games respectively, it would surely be in the manager's best interests to try out new combinations.

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