Classy Noble tells why he won’t play for Ireland


slaven-bilic-and-mark-nobleClassy Mark Noble has revealed why he has never pursued a cap for the Republic of Ireland – and the reasonis pure quality.

Mark of course has played for England throughout every youth level, but has never broken into the full international side.

He had the chance of an Irish call-up as a result but never followed up on it and speaking to a Hunter Davies podcast explained why.

He said: “There are young Irish kids playing well that deserve and would appreciate an Irish cap more than I would,” Noble said.

“I played through all the age groups as a youth international (with England), went to tournaments and sang the national anthem. But obviously I’ve never got a senior cap.

“So for me to turn up to play for Ireland without it having been a dream of mine, and there’s an Irish kid out there who might miss out when it’s their dream to play for Ireland. I couldn’t do that.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • bubbles says:

    The real reason is the same as why he has come no where near playing for England .
    Never has been never will be . You have to have a quality on the pitch , not just loyalty . He cannot tackle , he cannot run , he cannot head the ball , he cannot take corners and free kicks , he can’t pass forwards and he couldn’t lead a troop of Girl Guides .
    Absolute rubbish and holding us back . If Byram had played at right back and Kouyate in midfield with Obiang we would have won comfortably .

  • iceburger says:

    Nonsense Bubbles. You are entitled to your opinion but I don’t agree he is holding us back. Some of his long cross field passing last night was top notch.

  • bubs says:

    So he would play for England and hold good young English back but not Irish,
    And for every good pass he make he make 2 bad ones,he has lost his pace and tackling ability and is keeping young good hammer players out of our team,
    Time to move on like Tomkins not good enough if as a club we have any ambition
    It will come down to if he stays others like Oxford Cullen Quina will move on or even players like Kouyate or Obiang will leave putting us back as a selling club again,
    He only got the captain nod because there was no one else to keep the hammers only fans happy,
    Just a bench warmer these days
    If he need first team football after this season he needs to move on and so do we

  • bubbles says:

    Thanks Bubs … spot on . Sure we are not related ?? haha

  • gingham says:

    I’ve seen you write some absolute **** bubbles but that tops it all

  • Stan The Man says:

    Well if Bubbles doesnt rate him he doesnt rate him,thats his choice and opinion.I dont agree with all of it at all but he can say it if he wants cant he??
    I saw many,many fans writing off Antonio and Obiang after one match last season,now this season Feghouli and others have had the same treatment.I have always said it and maintain that if Noble wasnt local he wouldnt be so protected by some and would certainly not be held in such high esteem as a footballer.As a man he is first class,as a footballer he isnt in my opinion.
    But what do i know,im just an old bugger who doesnt use statistics to fight every arguement lol

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