West Ham United star Aaron Cresswell will be in the England team ahead of Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.
That’s if Gareth Southgate picks his side based on statistics says a new Sky Sports report.
Cresswell has been brilliant for West Ham this season, providing seven assists – the most of any defender.
Assist king Cresswell helping lift West Ham to new heights
That is two more than Man United star Shaw, who has rediscovered his best form this season too.
West Ham and Man United are flying high in fifth and second place respectively this season.
Both Cresswell and Shaw have been key to their side’s success.
But it is Shaw who has been hotly tipped to be England’s number one choice at left-back for this summer’s European Championships.
It is West Ham’s Cresswell who should be in the side at left-back ahead of Shaw based on statistics, though, according to Sky Sports.
Hammer in England team ahead of brilliant Man United ace Luke Shaw says new report based on stats
Shaw has won 108 duels to Cresswell’s 76 and has one goal while Cresswell is yet to register.
But the West Ham man has seven assists to his Man United counterpart’s five and has attempted 163 crosses, nearly 30 more than Shaw.
Cresswell has created a staggering 41 goalscoring chances for his West Ham teammates. Shaw fares slightly better with 52.
While many West Ham fans would back Cresswell for a place in the squad, most would be realistic enough to concede Shaw is the better player.
Indeed Cresswell said himself the Man United ace was the best left-back in the Premier League in a recent interview with The Mirror.
Cress in but Rice out for Ward-Prowse say the stats as Hammers await potential England call for trio
Surprisingly Cresswell would not be joined in the stats based England team by his West Ham teammate Declan Rice.
Instead Southampton star James Ward-Prowse would line up alongside Mason Mount and James Maddison.
West Ham could actually have three players in Southgate’s England squad when it is announced on Thursday.
Rice is a shoo-in to be selected and start in the defensive midfield role.
Cresswell is being tipped for a recall and so too is Jesse Lingard thanks to his superb form for West Ham since joining from Man United in January.