Ex-England international thinks Drinkwater will play ahead of this player

Former England international Ray Parlour predicts that Danny Drinkwater will get the nod over an experienced international in England friendly.

Former England international Ray Parlour has said on Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 22 at 10.15am, that Danny Drinkwater deserves a chance with the Three Lions in their upcoming friendlies ahead of Jordan Henderson.

Drinkwater has been handed his first call-up to the national team squad after impressing in the centre of Leicester City's midfield as they move closer to winning the Premier League title.

It is expected that the 26-year-old will make his debut against either Germany on Saturday evening or against the Netherlands three days later, and Parlour has suggested that the former Manchester United trainee should be played against Liverpool midfielder Henderson.

The Reds skipper has 22 caps to his name on the international stage, but he has struggled to replicate the form that first secured him a place in the middle of the park for England.

Parlour has also hinted that he would like to see Drinkwater line up alongside Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier.


Parlour said: "Whether Roy Hodgson looks at certain games and says we can be a little bit more attack-minded in this game or they might want to be a bit more solid in that central midfield area, I don't know. Maybe he looks at Dier and Drinkwater with a number 10 in front of them.

"There are options there, but I think he will probably fit in instead of Henderson. If you look at it, he probably deserves his chance instead of Henderson on how they are playing at the moment."

The two fixtures represent one of the final opportunities for players to impress England boss Roy Hodgson before he names his 23-man squad for Euro 2016, which will be staged in France this summer.

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