Michail Antonio wants England call-up - just like Tottenham's Dele Alli

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Michail Antonio wants to play for England, not Jamaica.

West Ham winger Michail Antonio has told BBC Sport that he has snubbed playing for Jamaica, as he wants to represent England at international level.

Antonio, 25, joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest back on deadline day in September, having hit 19 goals in 54 games for Championship side Forest.

The winger, known for his combination of pace and power, was something of a gamble considering that he'd never played in the Premier League, and when it took him until December to start a game for West Ham, there were questions asked about his signature.

However, he has now proven his worth to West Ham, scoring three goals in his last three games to take his season tally to seven goals in just 21 appearances - a superb return for a winger.

Some fans have been suggesting that Antonio deserves a call-up to the England squad instead of an out-of-form player like Theo Walcott, but Antonio wasn't in today's announced England squad, whilst Walcott was.

Antonio has now been asked about his international future, and he told BBC Sport that he has in fact rejected an approach from Jamaica, because he intends to play for England.

A former non-league and Football League star, Antonio also noted that he wants to emulate Tottenham's Dele Alli and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy in rising up through the divisions and winning caps for England.

"I'm hoping that I can get some international games," said Antonio. "Jamaica has called up for me, but I feel that if I keep on doing what I'm doing, hopefully I can get a call up for England. You can see it with Dele Alli, who has come up from League One and he's already in the England squad, you see it with Jamie Vardy - hopefully I can get a call up as well," he added.

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