West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio rejects Jamaica call-up in favour of England

Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Michail Antonio was overlooked by Roy Hodgson

West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio has revealed he turned down Jamaica’s advances in the hope he will one day be able to play for England.

Roy Hodgson named his Three Lions squad for the upcoming fixtures against Germany and Holland, including uncapped Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater but overlooked West Ham captain Mark Noble.

Hodgson confirmed he ‘deliberately ignored’ some England regulars to blood new talent ahead of the Euros and Antonio was one of those to miss out on the 24-man squad.  

Hammers fans have been impressed by Antonio since joining from Nottingham Forest last September. The 25-year-old has netted three goals in his last four games and has been tipped for an opportunity with the Three Lions.

He told BBC Sport: “Jamaica called but if I keep doing what I’m doing hopefully I can get an England call.

“You see it with Dele Alli, he’s come from League One and he’s already in the England squad, you see it with [Jamie] Vardy. 

“Hopefully I can get the call-up as well.”

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