Despite playing a key role in Leicester City’s astonishing Premier League triumph in 2016, Drinkwater has seen his opportunities at international level severely limited, and has just three senior caps to date.
However, the 27-year-old was called up to Gareth Southgate’s latest squad for the friendlies with Germany and Brazil, in what would be one of the last team get-togethers before next year’s World Cup in Russia.
But Drinkwater unexpectedly dropped out, claiming his fitness wasn’t up to scratch since moving to Stamford Bridge in August.
Well, former England skipper Shearer definitely isn’t a fan of his attitude, and went as far as to say he shouldn’t be picked for his country again.
Writing in his column for the Sun, Shearer said: “Danny Drinkwater, what were you thinking? If you have not played enough football, take the opportunity to play some!”
“Going forward he is not the sort of person I would want in my squad. Given that attitude he shouldn’t be picked again.
“It is England v Germany at Wembley for crying out loud.
“Most players in my era would have given anything for that opportunity . . . yes, even to be on the bench.
“For some time the big question mark with England is whether the players really want to play for the Three Lions enough?
“Is their club more important and international football just a diversion?
“I have said many times in this column how pulling on an England shirt appears to be a burden for some when it should be the opposite.
“It should lift you up, make you proud, push you to another level.
“Those are the sort of players we need, not the ones crushed by the expectation.”
Pretty stinging stuff, eh?
To be fair, if the majority of players are fit, it was always unlikely that Drinkwater would be called into England’s World Cup squad anyway, right?
What do you make of the situation?