The West Ham players who should be considered for England selection

West Ham midfielders Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard. (Photo by JOHN SIBLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
West Ham midfielders Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard. (Photo by JOHN SIBLEY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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The England squad for the World Cup qualifiers has now announced and there are two West Ham stars that have received call ups to Gareth Southgate’s squad.

Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard are the two Hammers who received the phone call from Southgate and will be in contention to represent their countries in the trio of World Cup qualifiers next month. Lingard’s loan move has paid off as the 28-year-old’s scintillating form has fired him back into Southgate’s good books.

However, despite both Rice and Lingard making it into the squad, there were rumours that two other Claret and Blue players were in with a shout of getting a call-up.

West Ham have had a fantastic season compared to last year and the Hammers find themselves firmly in a race for a Champions League spot. The players have gone to another level this year and it seems that some of their hard work has been recognised, with Czech duo Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal also getting called up by their national team.

West Ham already have an England regular in Declan Rice and it would have been a massive shock if the 21-year-old had not been recalled to the squad. However outside of Rice and now Lingard, West Ham haven’t had an England international for a long time. In fact, the last non-Rice West Ham player to represent England was Aaron Cresswell in 2016.

Gareth Southgate has named Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard in his England squad for the three World Cup qualifiers next month, but should he have called up some other West Ham players?

West Ham players have been massively overlooked when it comes to England in the past, the big name being Mark Noble, who hasn’t received a single call up in his career. Despite already choosing his squad for the next games, Gareth Southgate cannot afford to overlook players who play for clubs outside the ‘big six’ when choosing his squad for the Euros.

In fact, Southgate has now already lost out on one West Ham player who would have brought something very different to the England setup. Michail Antonio who was called up twice by Sam Allardyce and Southgate respectively but failed to make an appearance, has now decided that his international future lies with Jamaica.

England have missed out here, as Antonio has been having a fantastic season and could have made a very good super sub in the competition. Nobody in that England squad has the power on and off the ball that the 30-year-old possesses, and he could have been a very useful asset for Southgate.

Southgate should start to look beyond the traditional top six clubs, as there are players out there that are way more deserving of England call-ups compared to players like Eric Dier.

After missing out on Antonio, here are the two West Ham players that have missed out this month but who Southgate should consider calling up for the Euros.