Ian Wright claims Danny Drinkwater was England's best midfielder this season

England's Danny Drinkwater during training

The former Three Lions striker believes the Leicester City midfielder has to be one of the first picks for Roy Hodgson's final Euro 2016 squad.

Danny Drinkwater scores the first goal for Leicester City

Former England striker Ian Wright has told the Sun that no English midfielder has been better than Leicester City star Danny Drinkwater this season and insisted that the player must be one of the first names selected by Roy Hodgson for his final Euro 2016 squad.

Drinkwater has enjoyed an outstanding season alongside N'Golo Kante in the Foxes midfield, driving the club forward to an extraordinary title success.

The 26-year-old's club form was rewarded with a first England appearance since under-19s level when he was handed his senior debut by Hodgson in the 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands in March.

England's Danny Drinkwater during training

Drinkwater was named in the 26-man preliminary squad for this summer's European Championship in France, although some people have identified him as a prime candidate to be one of the three players cut from the final squad.

However, Wright is adamant that should not be the case, and even went so far as to argue that because Drinkwater has been the best midfielder in England this season he should be one of the first three names on the squad list.

The former Arsenal striker wrote in the Sun: "There is absolutely no way the Leicester midfielder should be one of those chopped when Roy Hodgson whittles down his squad. In fact Drinkwater should be one of the FIRST three in the final party.

England manager Roy Hodgson and assistant manager Ray Lewington look on as players warm up before the match

"If he is not, it will be one of the most unfair — and baffling — decisions I can remember. So if Roy’s final choice comes down to form — over the last nine months, not just a couple of weeks — then he HAS to be in.

"Even Danny himself knows he will struggle to better the season he has just enjoyed at Leicester. Name me a midfielder who eclipsed him last season. There isn’t one. If you play as he has over the campaign and miss out, what message would that send out?"

As Wright says, if the England squad for the tournament truly is based on consistency and form for club and country, then Drinkwater seems to be an essential inclusion for Hodgson.

He has already been blooded for the Three Lions - not just that, but he won man-of-the-match on his debut - would feel hugely aggrieved not to be given a chance to shine on a major international stage.

Danny Drinkwater celebrates scoring the first goal for Leicester City

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