Should Aaron Cresswell's seven Premier League assists put him in contention for World Cup spot?

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United in action with Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester United at London Stadium on May...

West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell has assisted seven Premier League goals this season, and deserves a place in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad.

Aaron Cresswell of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Stoke City at London Stadium on April 16, 2018 in London, England.

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate will announce England's 23-man squad for the World Cup on Wednesday, and not many surprises should be expected.

Given the wealth of experienced, talented and top players and stars the England boss can select his team from, Wednesday's list will surely court some controversies and divide public opinions.

However, if there is a player deserving of a seat on the plane to Russia, it is West Ham United left-back Aaron Cresswell.

The 28-year-old has three England caps to his name, with the last of those appearances coming last October against Lithuania.

Cresswell missed out on the November and March invitations having not particularly impressed Southgate, but considering his all-round form during the just-concluded Premier League season, he surely has done enough to earn a recall.

Aaron Cresswell of England reacts during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The West Ham star has assisted seven league goals - the most of any defender in the whole of the top-flight - and scored one by himself for good measure.

Tottenham's Danny Rose (0 goal, 1 assist), Southampton's Ryan Bertrand (0 goal, 4 assists) and Manchester United's Ashley Young (2 goals, 4 assists) are the three favourites likely to be selected to play at left-back or left wing-back at Russia, but none of them have been statistically better than Cresswell this season, and while numbers don't always tell the whole story in football, they surely don't lie.

With a 77% average pass accuracy, the former Ipswich Town man definitely ticks the box in terms of being able to play a pass or two, and he has no weaknesses opponents can exploit.

Strong in the air, Cresswell won more aerial duels per game (1.6) than the aforementioned trio, and is most certainly a man in form.

Southgate needs to get the best men on the plane to Russia if England are to have any chance, and Cresswell definitely deserves a spot in that squad. He did enough all-campaign to earn it.

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