West Ham manager Slaven Bilic insists ‘quality’ forward Michail Antonio has got what it takes to play for England.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fine debut season in the Premier League after arriving at Upton Park from Nottingham Forest last summer.
Antonio has been filling in at right-back for the injury-hit Hammers during the latter stages of the campaign, but has still managed to score 12 goals this term, with his latest coming in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Manchester United.
Antonio revealed back in March that he rejected the chance to play for Jamiaca in favour of chasing a Three Lions call-up.
“He’s quality, the way he is playing, the big impact that he’s had on our game and also on the Premier League,” said the West Ham boss.
“I’m saying as his club manager he’s scored some goals, he’s made some assists, he’s defending really well.
“Of course Roy Hodgson has got a good team, he’s not struggling for names. England qualified with ten out of ten wins so it’s very hard for some players to break in – somebody has got to get injured or somebody has to lose a place in his club long term.
“But if you ask me does he have enough to offer? Yeah, definitely. He’s a player who when he’s one against one, he’s got pace, he’s got strength, he’s got the quality of going up and down, he’s dangerous on goal. He’s a great player for us.
“So does he have potential? Definitely.”