Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater laughed off England snub for Euro 2016 by taking epic lads’ holiday

Time, and a lads tour of some world famous Discount Holidays © holiday hotspots, have been healers for Danny Drinkwater1. Three months on, Drinkwater has found a silver lining to the heartbreak of being left out of Roy Hodgson s Euro 2016 squad2 in the final cut-down to 23. And after a well-earned summer break, reigning Premier League champion Drinkwater is eyeing a fresh start under new England3 boss Sam Allardyce.

The 26-year-old Leicester4 midfielder said: It is probably best I didn t finish on just winning the title, because I might have got sloppy this season and settled with what I have done.

Ending the season on a bit of a low might have kicked me back into gear to get going again this season.

Action Images via Reuters Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday Drinkwater was all smiles on May 7 as champions Leicester got their trophy… The FA via Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday …but despite being part of the warm-up friendlies Hodgson did not take him to France

I just tried focusing on getting it out of my head as soon as I could and enjoying my summer ahead of the new season.

I ve got the same mates I have had since when I was four or five years old.

“It was a bit last-minute, but we had a good time. I went all over – Ibiza, Portugal, Vegas, LA, then back to Ibiza. I didn t complain about my summer.

I watched the tournament in pubs with my mates, mainly. I just enjoyed it like a fan.

The weirdest place I watched a game? In Portugal, I came off the golf course and because I d had a few pints I didn t realise the time difference so we had to go straight to the clubhouse to watch the Wales game which was a mid-afternoon kickoff.

Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday Drinkwater watched the dramatic fightback to beat Wales at a golf club in Portugal

As tough as it was to watch, I would love to have been involved just to see if I could have made a difference. Drinkwater kept on top of his fitness while he was away ahead of the new season. His road runs and gym work got him ready to hit the ground running and play his way straight back into the England fold.

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He said: I can treat it like a fresh start. I would love to lock down a first-choice position under Allardyce. But it is not going to be easy, I know that.

A pre-season ticking off from Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, designed to spark his champions back into life as they defend the title, has also helped.

Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday Drinkwater and co started their title defence with a loss to promoted, managerless Hull… Getty Leicester's Danny Drinkwater Laughed Off England Snub For Euro 2016 By Taking Epic Lads' Holiday …but after a draw with Arsenal, they looked more their old selves beating Swansea on Saturday

He can be as angry as he wants, I will still like him, former Manchester United youngster Drinkwater chuckled.

He is like a granddad figure.

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“I was young when Fergie fearsome then-Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would have been mad at me, so I s**t myself.

“I have matured a lot now, so it is a bit different when the manager gets angry, you accept it and learn from it.

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References

  1. ^ Danny Drinkwater (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ being left out of Roy Hodgson s Euro 2016 squad (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ England (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ Leicester (www.mirror.co.uk)

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