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Another England squad announcement. Another in-form West Ham player overlooked by the increasingly ignorant England manager.

For months we have been banging the ‘Mark Noble for England’ drum and, regardless of whether you agree with it or not, his stats compared to the likes of Fabian Delph, Jack Colback and Jonjo Shelvey have been so much better so far this season.

But, given the injury Noble picked up to rule him out of the loss at Manchester United last week, you can slightly understand why he wasn’t selected this time around. Although rumours today have emerged that he’ll be back in the starting line up for the visit of QPR on Sunday. So it’s still a fairly contentious decision to leave him out again.

But the biggest outrage today is the exclusion of Stewart Downing. Downing did admit last week that he believed being picked for England while Roy Hodgson was in charge was very unlikely. But that’s not enough of an excuse to overlook him for Andros Townsend, who has played just over an hour of football for Spurs all season. Townsend is technically a reserve player for Spurs, yet still gets picked to play international football. Mind boggling.

Downing has been superb all season. He has created the most amount of chances in the Premier League so far this season (20) and has flourished in a new role as a free-roaming midfielder, predominantly in the middle of the park. Even the neutrals believe his form deserves a call up.

Yet, despite Roy Hodgson witnessing that first hand in the 3-1 win over Liverpool, he still isn’t considered. And, quite rightly, the fans are pissed off about it…