Chris Sutton: How Chelsea signing has ruined World Cup hopes

The Chelsea legend slams Danny Drinkwater's decision to snub an England call-up to focus on his fitness at the defending champions

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Chris Sutton has informed Chelsea signing Danny Drinkwater that his England career is over.

The Blues midfielder has struggled with fitness issues in the 2017-18 season so far following his £35m move to the defending Premier League champions from Leicester City on transfer deadline day.

Drinkwater has spent most of the opening months of his Chelsea career on the sidelines before he came off the bench to help the title holders see out a 1-0 win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium last month.

The 27-year-old made substitute appearances in a 3-0 loss to AS Roma in the Champions League and a 1-0 victory over title rivals Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

Drinkwater is still waiting to make his full Chelsea debut under Antonio Conte as the Premier League pauses for the international break until next weekend.

England boss Gareth Southgate revealed on Thursday that Drinkwater turned down the chance to link up with the Three Lions squad to work on his fitness levels.

But former Chelsea striker Sutton believes Drinkwater could rue his decision to snub Southgate’s call-up.

“Danny Drinkwater has made the biggest mistake of his career in snubbing Southgate,” Sutton told the Daily Mail. “His chances of playing at the World Cup are surely over and future England managers — never mind Southgate — will not want to touch him.

“On a purely practical level, it would have made sense for Drinkwater to join up with England. Given he has had little game-time for Chelsea, these games would have been a perfect opportunity for him to get minutes under his belt.”

Drinkwater was part of the Leicester team that surprised European football with their Premier League title success in 2015-16.

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