Slaven Bilic insists West Ham star Michail Antonio is good enough to play for England

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The 26-year-old has featured regularly in the Premier League this season.

Slaven Bilic issued an emphatic response when asked whether West Ham star Michail Antonio was good enough to play for England, Sky Sports reports.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed an excellent first season in the Premier League, having helped the Irons remain in contention for a spot in next year's Europa League with just one game to go. 

And while he has been used as something of a utility man at Upton Park this term - he has been used in defence, midfield and attack this season - Bilic explained that he certainly has the ability to make the step up to the international stage.

"Of course Roy Hodgson has got a good team, he's not struggling for names. England qualified with 10 out of 10 wins so it's very hard for some players to break in - somebody has got to get injured or somebody has to lose a place in his club long term," he told Sky Sports.

"But if you ask me, does he have enough to offer? Yeah, definitely. He's a player who when he's one against one, he's got pace, he's got strength, he's got the quality of going up and down, he's dangerous on goal. He's a great player for us."

The former Nottingham Forest man would not only prove to be a valuable squad member given his adaptability, but he also has plenty of productivity in his game. His seven goals in the top flight puts him behind just Andy Carroll and Dimitri Payet as the side's leading goalscorer, while he has also contributed three assists for his teammates.

And while it may be too late for his form to put him on Roy Hodgson's radar for this summer's European Championships, a continuation of his form next season would surely make him a great option for the national team in the future, especially given the lack of wingers in the fold currently. 

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