The sponsors picked the midfielder ahead of Leicester team-mate Jamie Vardy, who scored the Three Lions’ goal in the 2-1 defeat by Holland at Wembley on Tuesday.
Striker Vardy was only denied a superb second by a brilliant Jeroen Zoet save. Asked if he expected the recognition, Drinkwater – who was substituted in the 85th minute – said: “No, obviously not. It is an added achievement on the moment. I am pleased with that but disappointed with the result.
“I saw plenty of the ball, which is good. I could have moved it a bit faster, but it was my debut, so I was happy.”
Praising pal Vardy, who also scored for England three minutes after coming off the bench in Saturday’s 3-2 win over champions Germany, Drinkwater said: “He is on fire. He is always a threat against defenders.
“His goal-scoring is two in two so if he can carry on club and country, that is perfect.
“He puts defenders on the back foot and creates spaces for other players and when he gets the ball in behind he is more than likely going to score.
“I have been training with him for years. He has always had his pace – that has always been a threat while I have played with him.
“But his quality now and the way he puts the ball in the back of the net is credit to him.”