Noble stands out for England starting XI

NobleMark Noble leads a Claret and Hugh poll of West Ham fans who think he will be included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad which will be announced next week for International friendlies against Germany and Holland.

Nobes picked up 30.74% of the poll with 289 from 940 voting for the in-form West Ham midfielder.

Left back Aaron Cresswell followed in second place with 221 votes and 23.51% of the vote while Michail Antonio closely trailed in third place with 196 votes  on 20.85%

Andy Carroll registered just 34 votes and 3.62% of the vote while James Tomkins got one sympathy vote.

199 of 940 who voted, totalling 21.17% believe no West Ham player will be included when the squad for the International friendlies is announced.

Today Sky Sports back the poll by revealing that Mark Noble should make the  England starting eleven based on statistics.

Sky said “England’s best-performing midfielders dictate that a 4-4-2 diamond should be used across the middle of the park. According to the statistics, youngsters Barkley and Alli should partner Drinkwater and Noble. This means that there is no space for England regulars Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson or James Milner in the starting Xl.”

However in a final twist of fate Mark Noble will have logistical nightmares if he is called up for the Germany v England friendly on 26th March in Berlin as his 35,000 sell out Testimonial is just 3 days later on Easter Monday and the Holland friendly match  at Wembley is on Tuesday 29th March one day after his testimonial. He would need special permission to leave the England training camp.



About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

6 comments on “Noble stands out for England starting XI

  1. Where’s the problem Sean? Is he walking back from Germany then? 🙂

  2. I should have mentioned the Holland match on Tuesday 29th March so he would need special permission to leave the England training camp. Maybe the Holland game is more at risk

  3. It would be just Noble’s luck that AT LAST he gets selected, but has to turn it down because of his Testimonial commitment. Reminds me of Bonds freakishly losing out to flu, and Ashton breaking his ankle….**** luck! ….Grrrr! Hodgson probably won’t select him anyway!

  4. If Hodgson ain’t got his midfield sorted out in his mind by now we are ******.Well more than we will be anyway in the summer.Maybe he will give Nobes a token call up but I cant see it being more than that.I’m sure he could join up with the squad for the Germany game then drop out of the Dutch game.Anyway Hodgson loves Drinkwater,Noble comes a distance second it appears between those two 🙂

  5. One of the MAIN reasons why England are so **** at tournament football, is that we never select the Mark Nobles of this World.

    In 1990, we found one by accident – Mark Wright, a converted CB. 1996? I will leave you folk to tell me …

  6. Woy won’t change he is old school like Pulis and Hippo,he has his squad in his mind and as long as they are fit he is not going to change them
    Noble would get a token call up play half a match and have his dreams destroyed,
    Better he stays put gets his game consistent and becomes our best ever captain,
    He can have a holiday with Dimitri,Cressie and Antonio maybe spend some time on the beach with AC and his family,need someone to push the buggy while AC is in plaster,
    Unless his good lady has brought him shoes with Velcro

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