Luke Shaw’s horrific leg injury has thrown his chances of competing at next year’s EURO finals into doubt. However, from a footballing point of view, fans shouldn’t be too concerned, as there is an even better option, and he has taken the Premier League by storm.
Aaron Cresswell joined West Ham over a year ago from Ipswich Town for just £3.5 million. He settled immediately, featuring in all 38 league games and picking up the Hammer of the Year award at the end of his first season.
Cresswell is not only solid at the back, where he helped his side to keep nine clean sheets, but he is also a threat going forward, as he claimed four assists and netted twice last season.
England’s wide men have been far from consistent over the past few years, but Cresswell’s 121 crosses last year show that he could be the man to push forward and help the likes of Wayne Rooney to top the goalscoring charts.
Given that the Three Lions have already qualified for the EUROs, it is expected that the manager will experiment with different options, risk free.
England’s strength in depth at left back is impressive, with Danny Rose, Kieren Gibbs and Ryan Bertrand all ready to step up and impress. However, Aaron Cresswell is the obvious choice, and Roy Hodgson should ignore the fact that West Ham aren’t a top four club and give the former Tranmere man his first of many caps.