David Gold backs West Ham's Cresswell and Antonio for England

West Ham co chairmans David Sullivan and David Gold before the match

West Ham United pair Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio have been backed to star for England in the near future.

West Ham co chairman David GoldWest Ham co chairman David Gold has praised Antonio and Cresswell to the hilt

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has spoken to the club's official website, explaining how he feels Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio can break in to the England squad, after sharing his delight at tying down the pair to new long-term deals.

After the pair enjoyed a fantastic Premier League campaign last time out, there were calls from fans and pundits alike to have them included in England's Euro 2016 squad which were, unfortunately for them, to no avail.

Gold discussed how highly he rates Cresswell and Antonio, telling whufc.com, "I am delighted that we were able to secure the long-term contracts of Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell and getting our best young players to pledge their long-term futures to the Club. They are both proven at the highest level and could be England players in the near future."

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy FerWest Ham's Aaron Cresswell 

Cresswell, 26, has proved himself to be one of the league's best left-backs, with his consistent displays helping the Hammers become a serious force in the top flight.

He has the perfect combination of attacking prowess and defensive nous which makes him the archetypal modern full-back.

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejectedWest Ham's Michail Antonio 

Antonio's career has taken a similar route to that of his teammate Cresswell's. Both plied their trades in the Championship before making their moves to East London, and while the former Ipswich Town man hit the ground running in the first-team, Antonio had to be more patient before getting his chance.

Gold went on to praise Antonio's efforts in breaking through to the first team, saying,  "I remember the Antonio deal very well and what a signing he has proved to be for us. He worked so hard when he first arrived and had to be patient for his breakthrough into the team.

"But when his chance came against Manchester United he took it and has never looked back. I thought to myself we have got a player on our hands here."

If the pair can continue their form for West Ham throughout this Premier League season, there is every chance they will both earn call-ups to the national squad.

West Ham co owner David Gold before the matchWest Ham co-owner David Gold believes Cresswell and Antonio can break into England squad 

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