England call-up fades and dies again

NobesIt comes up every international break and is no closer to resolution that it was last time around – the ‘Mark Noble for England debate.’

As you may expect, the newspapers describe it as the Hammers midfielder “refusing to give up on his dream” which makes it sound a bit like an X-Factor audition!

There was a moment when the 27 year old was apparently considering offering his services to Ireland – presumably in the basis of one of his relatives visiting Dublin or Belfast on one occasion – I jest!

That of course hasn’t happened and yesterday was again making it clear where his heart really lies.

Mark Noble is refusing to give up on his dream of breaking into the England squad ahead of the European Championship Finals despite being overlooked once again by Roy Hodgson.

He has already represented England at every level from the Under 16s to the Under 19s and was even made captain of the Under 21s team for the Euro Finals in 2009.

But that elusive first team call-up eludes him, overlooked on this occasion whilst  inexperienced Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason is included  the forthcoming games against Lithuania and Italy after Adam Lallana was forced to pull out.

Noble said: ‘I have made it clear what I think about the situation and I would love to play for my country. But obviously at the moment it doesn’t look like it is going to happen.

‘I will keep playing as well as I can at West Ham and enjoying it every week. You never know what will happen in the future.”

It’s all pretty simple from where we are sitting – Roy Hodgson doesn’t fancy him – end of story!



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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “England call-up fades and dies again

  1. On your last 5 performances you do not deserve to play for your country,sorry but tell your manager you can’t cover NOLAN and do your job as well,then like at the beginning of the season your game will be worth a England call up
    Sorry only being honest

  2. agree, just not good enough, all the effort in the world doesn’t make up for lack of quality. I like you Mark and respect your loyalty but it’s not quite enough is it.

  3. Lets face it,if we had an even semi strong national team Nobes wouldnt even get a mention.I like his passion for the club but he is a million miles away from being an international class player.It hurts to say it because he has The Irons in his heart & soul but he is a decent prem player,no more than that.Sorry Mark 😉

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