But his call-up caused plenty of discussion regarding Mark Noble. Undoubtedly the West Ham midfielder should have received an England cap by now, but this season has perhaps seen him play his best football yet.
But with a 'clique' of midfielders already present and Eric Dier and Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur long-term hopes - it really did boil down to Noble or Drinkwater.
So is there three simple reasons why Drinkwater got the nod instead?
First and foremost, and most importantly, Drinkwater has been better this season. Both players have been in fantastic form but the Leicester star has just edged him with his performances.
Secondly there is the simple fact that Leicester are top of the league. Ignoring players who look set to guide The Foxes to a sensational Premier League title would be a massive mistake from Roy Hodgson. As high up the table West Ham, admittedly above the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, they remain below Leicester - giving Drinkwater the nod.
Then there is age.
Noble is not past it, but he will turn 29 in May. Drinkwater only turned 26 earlier this month - giving him nearly three years on the West Ham star.
In terms of the future going with Noble now makes no sense. He has one, maybe two major tournaments left in him and unfortunately, and unjustly, his time for England has been and gone.
Now it is time to get behind Drinkwater and the rest of the England players ahead of Euro 2016.