West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has outlined his ambition to be included in the England World Cup squad.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who captained the England under-21 side, has yet to be called up to the senior squad and with the World Cup around the corner he has refused to give up on making Hodgson’s final cut.
In a recent interview with the London Evening standard the influential West Ham United player said he is ready for the ‘step up’
‘’I believe I am good enough’’
‘’I have seen the players we have had here who have been in the England set-up and I believe that if I made that step up, I would be able to mentally and physically cope with it’’
He has also received endorsements by Sam Allardyce and West Ham United supporters who believe the player is the ‘correct’ choice for England in their quest for World Cup success in Brazil.
The midfielder has made a name for himself as a deep-lying play maker, who will dig in and work hard for the side bringing the best out of those around him. Undoubtedly, there are a few problems with his game that have stopped him from becoming a one of the first names on the team sheet for the national side for instance, his slow turn of pace and needless fouls in dangerous areas.
He will perhaps be considered a little ‘unfashionable’ too, he certainly wouldn’t excite many people by his name being on the team sheet yet, I feel most would argue after over 150 Premier League games he at least deserves the chance to prove himself on the national stage.
There is no doubt that one of Hodgson’s biggest selection headaches will come from the number of talented players that can play central midfield. It can be said with a lot of promising young talent breaking through and with the old guard in Gerrard, Carrick and Lampard still vying for a place then it is difficult to see how Noble can breakthrough.
I do, however, feel that he should be tested in a friendly along with few other players on the off-chance they may be an untapped resource going into the world cup and could somehow contribute to our success.
Is Mark Noble good enough for the current England team, either starting 11 or on the bench?
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