The Hammers boss believes the centre-back to be as good as Chelsea’s Gary Cahill…
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has tipped defender James Tomkins for a call up to the England squad, reports the Daily Express.
The 60-year-old believes that the defender is at a similar level to Chelsea ace Gary Cahill and Everton star Phil Jagielka, both of whom are regulars in the national team.
Tomkins has managed to push club stalwart James Collins out of the starting XI at Upton Park this season.
The 25-year-old has played for England at all youth levels, and represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics. Despite this he has never really been in contention for a place in the senior set up, and it would be a surprise if Roy Hodgson called him up for the matches taking place at the end of March.
“Roy should look at James,” said Allardyce.
“He has really matured and is playing very well and consistently. People can scoff all they want about me saying that but James has been playing consistently well for us. When I look at opponents like Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill, I don’t see a huge amount of difference when I watch them playing against each other.”