West Ham boss urges England boss to call on rejuvenated star

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes that Roy Hodgson should pick in-form midfielder Stewart Downing for his upcoming round of England games.

The Three Lions will be back in action in just under two weeks’ time, with a EURO 2016 qualifier against Slovenia followed by a friendly encounter with Scotland on the agenda.

After missing out on the batch of Three Lions games, the rejuvenated Downing has been tipped to make the grade this time around, with Hodgson expected to hand fresh players chances with his team’s quest to make the competition well and truly on track with three win from three games.

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The Hammers winger, now 30, has recently been played in a central role by Allardyce, and the Irons chief feels that his showings in the new berth warrant recognition:

“If England need a central midfield player either in a three or in the hole, it’s well worth looking at him,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“We told him he should have a go in the new role and try to express himself a bit more. We said, ‘You’ve got all the experience with England and in the Premier League, can we move you inside and get more ball to you, will you be a danger?’

“Up to now the answer has been ‘yes’. He has been exceptional.”

The former Liverpool ace – whose last international cap came way back in May 2012 – has been in terrific form for West Ham this term, netting two league goals and providing four assists in 10 games.


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