West Ham winger Michail Antonio urges Hodgson to take a chance on him

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Michail Antonio has proved to be a revelation since his £7 million move from Nottingham Forest last summer.

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio has urged England manager Roy Hodgson to take a chance on him and select him as part of his squad for the Euros, as reported by the London Evening Standard.

The former Nottingham Forest man has been in fine form for his club this term, with a string of impressive displays down the right side of the Hammers' attack, and he thinks he deserves a chance at the Euros:

"It would be a risk. So it’s one of those things where it’s whether he is willing to take the risk. I’ve turned down Jamaica to try to get the opportunity to play for England. So hopefully, he feels I’m good enough and wants to take a chance on me.”

Antonio would be a very useful addition to Hodgson's squad with his versatility already being used to great effect at West Ham. Following a spate of injuries to the Hammers back-line, Antonio filled in at right-back and has proved to be a very effective option in both an attacking and defensive sense.

Antonio, 26, rose through the ranks of non-league football, and he claims that the next goal in his career is to represent both club and country in European competition:

“It would be an amazing achievement to qualify for Europe, especially after last season where West Ham finished 12th in the league to be pushing for Europa League. I think I’ve done enough to get a call-up, but the first half of the season I missed quite a few games."

With Danny Welbeck's knee injury ruling him out for nine months, there will be a gap in Hodgson's squad, but much will depend on what area of the field the England boss chooses to strengthen. 

West Ham travel to Stoke City tomorrow, knowing that a victory will secure them a Europa League spot, and just maybe, with one more good display, Antonio could find himself on the plane to France in June.

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