Drinkwater dilutes talk of celebration

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater (right) and Jamie Vardy
Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater (right) and Jamie Vardy

Following his first England call-up and the huge part he has played in turning Leicester into Premier League title favourites, Danny Drinkwater has all the ingredients to complete a memorable season.

But, despite the midfielder being in line to make his senior international bow against reigning World champions Germany in Berlin on Saturday night, he is not ready to celebrate just yet.

Drinkwater’s debut inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s squad comes on the back of a number of consistently high level of performances for Leicester – with the Foxes currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

The former Manchester United youngster is now looking to follow in the footsteps of team-mate Jamie Vardy.

The forward made his England debut nine months ago in recognition of his goalscoring form and remains in the squad for the friendly double-header against Germany and Holland.

With a potential Premier League winners’ medal beckoning and a place in England’s European-Championships squad now in his grasp many would expect Drinkwater’s impending international debut to be the icing on the cake, but he is remaining level-headed for now.

“We have still got quite a bit to go in the season so the cake isn’t really made yet,” he said.

“But we are getting there definitely. My concentration is with England and it will be until the games finish on Tuesday and then we’ll focus back on Leicester.

“Everything back at Leicester is good. We left it in a good place but we focus on the Three Lions.

“Having two Leicester players in the squad is a good time for the club and reflects well on how we are doing this season.

“It is a good reflection on what the club is achieving right now.

“I have been given a small chance here to show what I am capable of and it is up to me to take it.”