Written by Ese Agboaye
After watching his performance against Watford, I immediately thought that he should play a part in England first home fixture of the Sam Allardyce era against Malta in October.
I’m not saying that he should be a certain starter, and neither am I basing his quality over a single match.
What I’m trying to say is that I reckon that he could give England that extra burst of energy if they’re faltering a little in the second half. He’s the sort of player that could have the impact of a “super sub”.
Take this scenario for instance. Imagine England drawing 0-0 against Malta with 30 minutes or so left of the match. and then Antonio goes on for Theo Walcott. You sense that might change the game a little bit, but then he comes up and put his side 1-0 up with a header, after an in swinging corner, or free kick taken by Wayne Rooney.
That’s the sort of impact he could have with England. His work-rate with West Ham has been great so far, and if he continues that run, I’ll be convinced that he should be a starter, but at the moment, he can play a substitute role.
What do you think? Is Antonio good enough to be in the starting eleven for England?