‘What do they add?’ Dietmar Hamann questions why Danny Drinkwater and Mark Noble warrant England call-ups
Former Manchester United academy product Drinkwater, 26, has played a key role for surprise Premier League leaders Leicester this season, while 29-year-old Noble has also impressed for an in-form Hammers side.
Roy Hodgson has been criticised throughout his tenue for his apparent hesitance to pick players from so-called ‘smaller clubs’, with the Three Lions boss admitting to talkSPORT that he is inclined to stick with the players who guided England through an unbeaten qualification campaign.
But Hamann agrees with the manager, with the former Germany international claiming neither Drinkwater nor Noble would add anything new to the national team.
Speaking on the Colin Murray show, Hamann said: “Drinkwater is having an exceptional season, as is Mark Noble, who has been a very good Premier League player, but I just don’t see what they would add to what England have already got.
“I don’t see any reason why Hodgson would bring two new players in.
“Drinkwater is fulfilling the potential he showed at Manchester United in his early days, and no doubt both are having fantastic seasons, but I don’t think either of them warrant a place in the squad.
“I think Roy is doing the right thing by sticking with the players he’s already got.”