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Noble England debate gets underway

Mark Noble’s end of season form has been so incredible it could even pose a question about his England involvement this summer.

But like another former Hammers skipper before him – Bill Bonds – he seems destined not to get the call despite having played some of the best football of his career over the last few games.

At 32 years old it all looks to have passed him by unless Gareth Southgate has a sentimental streak within him founded on the excellence shown by the Hammers skipper.

ClaretandHugh spoke to Hammers co chairman David Gold and asked whether he thought there was even the faintest possibility that could happen,  given that 33 year old Ashley Young has made intermittent international appearances under Southgate.

Said Gold: “Of course it would be wonderful for all Hammers but I can’t see it happening. Gareth has been going for much for youth and building for the future.

We would love to see it as Hammers but the European Nations Cup gives us a real opportunity and I think Gareth will stay with those he has been preparing.

“Sadly Mark, despite playing football which would qualify him were he younger, is likely to be ignored just Billy before him but that can’t change the fact he has been in magnificent form.”

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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

2 comments on “Noble England debate gets underway

  1. Seriously ? This is a serious example of what one might call “getting ahead of ourselves”. Noble certainly played well in the past few games and has been great by his own standards and decent by objective (non West Ham supporter) standards.

    As much as I love the guy and don’t begrudge him his place in our lineup, he is nowhere good enough to be considered for England. Never has been.

  2. And … I really hope that the headline “noble England Debate Gets Underway” is not true. I would hate to see people wasting mind and breath on this topic! (Whoops, I just did —. Twice 🙂 :).

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