Over the last two season the first name I look for when the England squad is announced ahead of international fixtures is Mark Noble.
I feel that he’s one of the most underrated midfielders in the Premier League and an England call up is well over due. I’ve always argued that had he been playing for a bigger Premier League club he’d have had his call up years ago.
Noble’s performances this season in particular have been, arguably, the best of his career so far. He appears to be thriving in Sam Allardyce’s new 4-6-0 formation, and that showed in his Man of the Match performance against Manchester City last weekend.
And today Noble admitted that he believes he is good enough to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad for next summer’s tournament in Brazil, while co-chairman echoed those thoughts with claims that he would be disappointed if Noble isn’t at least called up for November’s friendlies with Chile, Germany and Denmark.
But what do the fans think? Obviously supporters of other clubs think it’s all a big joke, with a basic search on Twitter revealing scores of tweets saying “hahahahahaha” and “LOL.” But Hammers fans can see Noble’s point.
Here are some of the comments made by both West Ham and neutral fans on Twitter both before Noble’s comments and after…
Controversial football opinion: Mark Noble is quietly very good and has been for some time, and should at least be in England contention.— jan (@janhopis) October 19, 2013
1 thing that can't be ignored is that Mark Noble is Class and for me should be in an England squad miles ahead of the likes of Cleverley!— ⚒ Sam ⚒ (@SW54321) October 19, 2013
Someone tell me how Mark Noble aint in the England team?— DannyMurphs (@DannyMurphs) October 19, 2013
Mark Noble is a great player. If he played for one of the bigger clubs he would be in the England team— Jake Rowe (@JakeRowe1) October 19, 2013
Mark noble is different gear! It baffles me why he's never been in the England squad 100 % week in week out!— Lee Bennett (@Sidd3rz92) October 19, 2013
Why is Mark Noble never considered for England? Works hard, great tackler, creates chances.— Mansfield Hammer (@MansfieldHammer) October 19, 2013
Mark noble for england?.il go for that.better than milner.the man city reserve team player.— andy (@abarber485) October 24, 2013
Mark Noble wants an England call up... So do I but it just ain't going to happen!—
@WestHamWorld He's been playing very well recently, didn't look out of place against Citeh's 'superstars' -be interesting to see what hapens— Angus (@angingjellies) October 24, 2013
@WestHamWorld— Kid Charlemagne ⚒ (@_Sibbo) October 24, 2013
Bloody hope Noble stays well away from England.
Sorry Marky, love you and all that, but what happened to DA still haunts us.
What do you think? Is Noble worthy of an England call up? Is he always being overlooked because he doesn’t play for a bigger team? Or is he plainly not good enough to make the step up to international level? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.