West Ham captain Mark Noble has never been capped for England despite making 473 appearances for the Hammers, and following the latest snub by Gareth Southgate for the latest Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, fans have been speaking out.
Supporters on Twitter believe the 32-year-old has deserved at least one cap over the years, and they can’t believe that the midfielder has never been given a chance:
Should’ve been capped by now. Consistent, solid player who does the dirty work and can pass well. Also a natural leader.
— Chicago Hammers (@ChicagoHammers) October 4, 2019
3rd all time in penalties scored and success % 👍 how often do England go to pens and loose? 😂
Mark is #TooGoodForEngland
— SmokeyJones (@Gingerbr3d) October 5, 2019
England’s loss… West Ham’s Hero!
— WestHamIsWhyWeDrink (@WestHamIsWhyPod) (@WestHamIsWhyPod) October 4, 2019
One of the most important players in a good West Ham team. He's clearly a very good player.
— Jason Borley (@jpborley) October 4, 2019
How mark hasn’t been picked is shocking I no in his early days he had to go up against Gerrard & Lampard but come on not 1 cap in the senior years shocking
— Carl Myers (@CarlCarlmyers73) October 4, 2019
He’d get in every midfield in the league bar 2. He’s West Ham’s most important player. We look lacklustre without his leadership and what he’s done to @_DeclanRice is incredible. Too many people speaking who don’t actually watch what he does
— MaNeens (@NeensMa) October 5, 2019
Joke that he’s never been called up
— Matt Davey (@Daveyboymarra) October 4, 2019
Probably one of the best lifers the prem has seen. AND he’s got his second wind now
— Tack Hammer (@tack_hammer) October 4, 2019
Noble has always been a solid performer for West Ham, and that is probably half the problem. His reliability means he never really stands out despite putting in 7/10 and 8/10 performances nearly every week.
Worse players have been given call ups off the back of a few decent games where they have stood out, and it’s disappointing that there hasn’t been one England manager who has recognised what Noble can offer the side at international level.
As a one-club man, he will, of course, be revered by fans regardless but he is a player deserving of more recognition.