Leicester defender Luis Hernandez says Danny Drinkwater is "key" to his side and also praised Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

Drinkwater the key for Foxes team-mate

Drinkwater the key for Foxes team-mate

Drinkwater was overlooked by England at Euro 2016 earlier this year but summer arrival Hernandez feels the midfielder is the star man for the Premier League champions.

Hernandez says Mahrez is one of the Premier League's top players and also highlighted the importance of striker Vardy to the Leicester side.

"Vardy has been champion of the league but is very humble. He has not lost his ambition. Mahrez is among the three most talented players in the Premier League," the 27-year-old told reporters.

"And Drinkwater dictates our rhythm and understands when to counter-attack and when to hold. He is key."

Leicester are yet to find the kind of form that saw them claim the title last season but Hernandez feels they are still a target for their rivals as the defending champions.

He said: "We have not started in the league as we would have liked. We were aware that this year was going to be complicated.

"Everyone wants to win at Leicester, we are the team to beat. Everyone has studied and knows us. The big teams have reinforced very well and there are six or seven teams that can win the league. We hope to improve our start."