Kilbane: “Noble ‘s wait doesn’t sit right”


NobleFormer former Sunderland, Everton and Hull Kevin Kilbane has taken a swing at Mark Noble’s likely decision to declare for Ireland.

He’s not happy that the Republic is being kept waiting declaring:“There are a lot of issues with me personally, growing up in England, desperate to play for Ireland and knowing what it meant to so many others in my situation as well.
“It doesn’t sit quite right with me with me knowing that he is still keeping us waiting and he’s been keeping us waiting for a number of years, that’s been my issue as well. We’re like a last resort.”
He told RTÉ Sport: “Look at it on face value and he’s a good player. We know he’s played very well in the Premier League over the last 10 years or whatever it is.
“There are a lot of players that would run through a brick wall to play for us and that’s the big issue that I have with it all. It’s not club football. You can’t play for one nation and then choose another. That’s what I believe in.
“I understand when lads are 15, 16 or 17 and playing for a nation because they have been selected and also overlooked for who they would want to play for.
“I think once you get to Under-21 level and you decide your team and then all of a sudden switch allegiances to another nation, it doesn’t sit right with me at all.”
And former Ireland forward Clinton Morrison, who scored nine goals in 36 appearances, told RTÉ’s Soccer Republic: “I think there would be a difficulty now because it has been going on for two years.
“He’s been humming and hawing. I know what the boys are like, they will accept you and they are a great bunch of lads. He could be an exceptional player, but you have to want to play.”

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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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  • philtheiron says:

    After reading kilbane’s comments “pot calling kettle!” Springs to mind!

    As the republis’s team has a long history of players who were not good enough to play for their country of birth but good enough to play for Ireland!

    So it is a bit rich to suddenly complain about players supposedly taking their time on deciding on playing for a foreign country.

    As for mark noble considering playing for Ireland, I hope he doesn’t do it! Even if his chance for england doesn’t come he is not only English but far better than that. COYI!

    • Michael Miller says:

      No, I don’t agree – it should be every players wish to play International Football. Mark is a good Premiership player but is not of the very top class – he obviously wants to play for England but that is just is not going to happen, he’s being sidelined and has now being overtaken by even younger players like Barkley, Delph etc.

      If he wants to play International Football he’s going to have to settle for second best with Ireland – criticism from Kilbane is a bit rich though!

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