Hamburg's Frank Arnesen feels Michael Mancienne should get an England call-up
Hamburg's Michael Mancienne is being tipped for an England senior call-up by Frank Arnesen.
Last Updated: 02/10/12 10:17am
The former Chelsea chief is now sporting director at Hamburg, and he says the ex-England Under 21 star is now playing at the top of his game.
Mancienne moved to Hamburg in 2011 when Arnesen paid Chelsea £1.5million for the young defender - who made only a handful of appearances for the European champions, although he was not short of experience having amassed over 100 league appearances during loan spells with QPR and Wolves.
"If I was the [England] coach then I would definitely look at him, absolutely. He could be a good shout for the squad as he can play right-back and centre back. He has been outstanding," he told the Daily Mirror.
"We won against Hannover on Saturday and it was the best performance he's played in his 16 months since he came here.
"I think the Bundesliga is as tough as, or tougher than, the Premier League because the rhythm of the league is very high and it's physically tough.
"He has learnt so much from coming here. Not many English players go abroad but he's improved through doing it. He's developed as a player and as a person.
"He is not the tallest and yet his leap is unbelievable. He can jump so high. He is a aggressive in a good way, he is quick and good on the ball.
"When you play for England, it's a different style of football. You're playing international opponents and it helps if you've experienced playing regularly against different opponents with a different style and Michael has done that here."