West Ham United's Michail Antonio on his personal ambitions and talks with Gareth Southgate

West Ham United's Michail Antonio celebrates scoring their first goal

Antonio proved too good to ignore last season and he's hoping the next England boss takes heed of his performances.

West Ham United winger Michail Antonio has told Sky Sports that he wants to maintain his impressive performances at club level in order to earn another England call-up.

The rapid winger earned international recognition for his excellent performances for The Hammers in the calendar year when then-Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce included him in his squad for his debut game in charge against Slovakia.

England's Michail Antonio during the press conference

However, the 26-year-old was not called on as England grabbed a hard-fought 1-0 victory in September’s World Cup qualifier, though his stand-out displays in an otherwise inconsistent West Ham side have raised hopes that the next man in the national hot seat, whoever that may be, will give him a second chance.

"I've only spoken to [England interim boss Gareth Southgate] the one time I wasn't in the squad," Antonio told Sky Sports.

England interim manager Gareth Southgate

"He just said I wasn't in it, that players were back from injury but that if anyone got injured he wouldn't hesitate to give me a call.

"I know it's about working hard and playing well enough in the Premier League that it makes it difficult not to choose me."

The former Nottingham Forest wildcard certainly gives England a different option on the wings, with his direct dribbling and athleticism at odds with the subtlety and intuitive interplay of the likes of Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling.

West Ham United's Michail Antonio celebrates scoring their first goal

Furthermore, as reported by WhoScored, no player in Europe’s top five leagues has scored more headed goals than Antonio (12) since the start of last season, with his penchant for important strikes proving invaluable at club level.

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