Congratulations are most definitely due to Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has received his first ever call-up to the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 warm-up friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.
Drinkwater, 26, has put in a hell of a shift in the middle for the Foxes this season, grafting away tirelessly while the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez continue to gild the lily upfront.
Whether or not it’ll translate to international football remains to be seen, but Scott Parker did alright for himself plowing a similar furrow.
The England squad in full…
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Man City).
Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Man City).
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).
No Wayne Rooney due to injury and no place for Kieran Gibbs and/or Leighton Baines at left-back either. Looks like Michael Carrick might be unofficially done in an England shirt too. Also, no nod for Mark Noble. Many West Ham fans might have something to say about that!
Anyway, Hodgson’s team travel to Berlin to face the reigning Weltmeisters on Saturday 26th March before welcoming the Dutch to Wembley the following Tuesday evening.