West Ham's Michail Antonio delighted with England call-up: 'My hard work is starting to get noticed'

SAM LONG
International recognition | Michail Antonio has been included in the England squad: Getty Images

Michail Antonio believes his latest England call-up proves his hard work for West Ham is finally starting to be noticed.

Antonio sealed a place in Gareth Southgate's 26-man selection earlier this afternoon and could make his Three Lions debut in next week's international friendly against Germany.

The 26-year-old has scored nine goals in 26 Premier League appearances this season and is on course to agree a new deal at the London Stadium, according to Slaven Bilic.

Antonio's career path has been far from straightforward but he is delighted to be closing in on a chance to prove his worth at international level.

"It’s great for me and I just feel all the work I’m doing on the pitch is starting to get noticed," he told West Ham's official website.

"Hopefully I can go and get an opportunity. I’m a step closer now so hopefully it can happen."

Antonio was also included in an England squad during Sam Allardyce's shortlived tenure but failed to make it onto the pitch.

However, the midfielder is adamant simply being around the squad will boost his development.

“The Germany game is a massive game and they’re the World Cup holders so, even if I don’t get on, it is a great experience for me to go.

“I’m always wanting to impress and show how well I can do and it shows I am doing it so hopefully I can keep it going."

Meanwhile, fellow Hammer Andy Carroll failed to make the cut, despite Southgate being without the services of several key strikers.

Jermaine Defoe was given the nod instead, with Southgate claiming Carroll had not played enough football to vindicate a recall.

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