Should West Ham’s Mark Noble Be On The Plane To France?
Posted by James Jones | Published on February 18, 2016
It’s been a debate between a majority of West Ham fans and rival Premier League fan bases for a number of seasons now, Should West Ham captain Mark Noble be called up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad? With the 2016 Euro’s just around the corner it’s time for Roy to be keeping an eye on player on form as apposed to who they play for.
The 28 year old has been a major part of West Ham’s squad over the last few years only missing games due to injury or suspension, under 3 different managers. He certainly doesn’t make the headlines week in week out like your Wayne Rooney’s or Harry Kane’s, but he plays a consistent role for Slaven Bilic’s new improved Hammers.
Following the impressive game from a neutral perspective that ended 2-2 at Upton Park against Manchester City, Jamie Redknapp and Stuart Pearce praised the man in question on his recent form. Pearce said “I think I’m looking at you in your best form of your career at the moment, I would love to see you in the senior England set up, I think your form is certainly good enough to do that”.
Noble went on to agree with Stuart Pearce regarding his form and said “every young fan dreams of playing for the senior national team” which is still one of his goals.
Following his most recent stand out performance in which Mark Noble scored the equalizing goal in the away trip to Norwich City that ended 2-2 at Carrow Road. It was always going to be a tough game from the get go with 5 players missing from the first team and many players featuring in the long winded 120 minute F.A Cup replay triumph against Liverpool mid week. Mark Noble’s West Ham saw themselves 2-0 down but never gave up and pushed for a goal, eventually managing to find the net twice in as many minutes before falling short missing a few chances in the dying moments.
Alan Shearer questioned Roy Hodgson on this week’s “Match of The Day” mentioning Mark’s recent form, and whether he’s on Roy’s radar for a spot on the plane to France later this year. Despite the recent media attention, Roy quickly dismissed the question regarding Mark Noble and went on to praise Danny Drinkwater. Roy Hodgon also mentioned he is very happy with England’s midfield set up indicating despite 1/4 of the season still to be played, he’s already made his mind up on who will be pulling on that famous three lions shirt in France.
Currently West Ham’s longest servant having played 300+ games for the Hammers since debuting for the senior team at just 17 years old, representing England at all levels from U16 up to U21 and with his testimonial coming up later on this year, isn’t it about time Roy looked at giving Mark Noble a well earned England call up?
Would you consider taking Mark Noble to France later this year?