Michail Antonio is right to hold out for England call; his time will come

Upton Park

The West Ham United winger is a wonderful talent and fully deserving of an England call-up.

In a recent interview with BBC Sport, West Ham United winger Michail Antonio admitted that he turned down the chance to play for Jamaica as he has dreams of representing the Three Lions further down the line, and in truth he is doing the right thing because his time will come.

In fact, it could be argued that his time has already come, such have been his brilliant performances for the Hammers in recent months.

But inexplicably England coach Roy Hodgson is persevering with an under-performing Theo Walcott rather than picking a player that has been among West Ham’s best over the second half of the campaign to date.

Antonio had to wait patiently for his chance to impress at Upton Park, often overlooked in the opening months of the season, much to the confusion of both West Ham fans and supporters of his former club Nottingham Forest.

But whatever the reason for those omissions he is now clearly making up for lost time and the simple fact is England will not be able to ignore him forever.

Antonio is in the kind of form that deserves a place on the plane for Euro 2016, but if it does not come he has to keep his head down and keep excelling for West Ham.

If he does that, England will have a new star winger to call on when the penny finally drops with Hodgson or whoever is in charge at the time.

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