England boss Roy Hodgson has handed Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater his maiden call up to the England squad.
Uuncapped Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose has also been selected in Hodgson’s 24-man squad for the upcoming friendlies with Germany and Holland.
Drinkwater is part of the squad that will travel to Berlin to face Germany, before welcoming Holland in a glamour tie at Wembley.
While the merits of team-mate Marc Albrighton have been overlooked, plus those of West Ham’s Mark Noble and Aaron Cresswell, the Leicester midfielder has been rewarded after starring in a campaign to remember at the King Power Stadium.
Drinkwater has not represented England since under-19 level but now has the chance to impress in the absence of the often-injured Jack Wilshere.
Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck are the forward options in the absence of injured captain Wayne Rooney.
This is not Rose’s first call-up but the Tottenham left-back is now in line to win his first senior cap, having been selected ahead of Cresswell, Kieran Gibbs and Leighton Baines, while Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick was not selected.
Of Drinkwater, Hodgson said: “What he has done has been pretty evident to everybody. He’s had a fantastic season in a team that’s having a fantastic season.
“In that area of the field the competition is quite fierce. On this occasion I thought it was an opportunity to bring him in and see if he can reproduce the type of football he’s shown for Leicester at international level.”
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City)
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)