Twitter Reacts as Roy Hodgson Names Danny Drinkwater in England Squad

Tom WebbUK Staff WriterMarch 17, 2016

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20:  England manager Roy Hodgson is seen on the stand prior to the Emirates FA Cup fifth round match between AFC Bournemouth and Everton at the Vitality Stadium on February 20, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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England manager Roy Hodgson named his squad on Thursday for the upcoming friendlies against world champions Germany and the Netherlands, per BBC Sport, as the Three Lions up their preparations for Euro 2016.

England confirm squad for friendlies vs. Germany & Netherlands—Danny Drinkwater gets first call-up. [via @england]

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 17, 2016

England squad by club:

Liverpool (5)
Spurs (5)
Everton (3)
Leicester (2)
Arsenal (2)
Southampton (2)
Man City (2)
Man Utd

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 17, 2016

The headline act was provided by the name of Danny Drinkwater, who was rewarded for his fine form in a Leicester City shirt this season:

Confirmed: Danny Drinkwater in the England squad for friendly matches v Germany and Holland. Well deserved. #LCFC

— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) March 17, 2016

Damn, Danny Drinkwater - you’re in the England squad 😁 #LCFC

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 17, 2016

'Hi Danny, it's Roy. You're in.' #LCFC #Eng

— Unibet (@unibet) March 17, 2016

80 - Danny Drinkwater has made more tackles (80) than any other English midfielder in the Premier League this season. Thirst.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 17, 2016

Hodgson rightly full of praise for Drinkwater. It's late but he's been in fine form for the most in-form team in the country.

— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) March 17, 2016

Water refreshing change to sea highly-drated Danny Drinkwater given his thirst England call-up *collapses*

— Matthew Stanger (@MatthewStanger) March 17, 2016

H2O England internationals:
George Waterfield (1927)
Danny Drinkwater (2016)

— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) March 17, 2016

Among the other talking points were a strong Tottenham Hotspur group and a future forwards dilemma:

Representing. #COYS #England

— Spurred On (@spurredontv) March 17, 2016

Hodgson now considers Theo a striker & with Kane, Vardy, Sturridge, Welbeck also in squad five is max. Who misses out when Rooney returns?

— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) March 17, 2016

There were a few honourable mentions for players not included in the 24-man squad:

Danny Rose also in the England squad. No Baines, Shelvey, Townsend. No Mark Noble either

— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) March 17, 2016

No place for Aaron Cresswell as MANY are already bemoaning, but I wouldn't take him over Danny Rose or Ryan Bertrand, so fair enough.

— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) March 17, 2016

Hodgson chose to ignore Gibbs & Baines to have a closer look at Rose & Bertrand. He called Carrick to explain decision to select Drinkwater

— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) March 17, 2016

Mark Noble has completed the most passes (540) of any English player in the Premier League in 2016.

Hard done by

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 17, 2016

Not everyone approved of Theo Walcott's selection:

How has Theo Walcott get named in every England squad? Makes a mockery of the entire thing.

Aside from that, decent enough squad.

— ChelseaFansChannel (@ChelseaFansYT) March 17, 2016

English players with more Premier League goals in 2016 than Theo Walcott (1):

M.Antonio (5)
A.Lennon (5)
S.Dann (2)
M.Rashford (2)

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 17, 2016

May 2006: People express surprise at Theo Walcott being called up by England
March 2016: People express surprise... you get the idea

— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) March 17, 2016


All players more deserving of a place in the England squad than Walcott

— Ball Street (@BallStreet) March 17, 2016

England face Germany at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on March 26 before hosting the Netherlands at Wembley on March 29.