BBC pundit gives verdict on Danny Drinkwater’s England display

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Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater was heavily involved for England.

Former player Jermaine Jenas says Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater didn’t put a foot wrong as he was tasked with playing a holding role for England, the BBC report.

The former Manchester United youngster has been one of the Foxes’ best players this season, forming a midfield partnership with N’Golo Kante which is full of energy, belief and hard work.

But on his England debut against Holland, Drinkwater was tasked with playing the lone holding role and as a result had to adapt his game somewhat to remain more disciplined and conservative.

Co-commentating on BBC Radio Five Live, Jenas understood the difficulties which were presented to the midfielder but felt he coped with everything well with a lot of his good work going unnoticed.

"I think Danny Drinkwater hasn't done anything wrong - you have to have discipline in that role and he's done that very well,” the former Nottingham Forest man explained.

“He made a few nice cross-field passes, kept it simple and broke things up But it's hard to shine in that position as it's all about going unnoticed."

Drinkwater made over 100 touches against Holland, illustrating his confidence on the ball as he often made himself available to pick up passes from centre-backs John Stones and Chris Smalling.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle was impressed with his output, giving the midfielder the man of the match award ahead of the likes of Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy who each played well.

With plenty of midfield options available to boss Roy Hodgson, it will be interesting to see if Drinkwater makes the squad this summer, though on this display he certainly did his chances on harm at all.

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