Michail Antonio is yet to earn a cap for England, but he has been called up to the international squad for just the second time in his career.
The West Ham United utility man has caught the eye of Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, and it is clear to see why following an impressive showing this season.
Antonio will be part of the international squad for a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania and a friendly with Germany.
There are many aspects of the 26-year-old’s game that has earned him a call-up, particularly his versatility given that he can play across the midfielder, in defence and in a forward role.
Antonio has started in all but two of the Hammers’ 28 Premier League matches this season, scoring nine goals and producing three assists.
One of his major strengths in an attacking sense is his ability to score headers, and impressively, is leading the way in the Premier League charts.
12 – Since his debut in September 2015, Michail Antonio has scored more headed goals than any other Premier League player (12). Spring. pic.twitter.com/JMr8tl1RaE
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 16, 2017
As Opta’s tweet shows, no other player in the top flight has scored more headers than the West Ham man over the past 18 months.
There was joy for Antonio on Thursday when he was called into the squad, but disappointment for his teammate Andy Carroll, who was overlooked once again.