Was Mark Noble unfortunate to miss out on England call?

Mark Noble

West Ham United's midfield metronome Mark Noble could be considered unfortunate to miss out on an England call from Roy Hodgson.

Mark Noble has had West Ham fans calling for an England call-up for some time now, but once again he missed out on the call, with Hodgson favouring a regular crop.

Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley remain as Hodgson's regular for the central England berths, whilst Jordan Henderson, Ross Barkley and Adam Lallana are introduced as they continue their bid to impact the England set-up.

England face friendlies with Chile and Germany in the next fortnight as Roy Hodgson runs the rule over 28 potential England contenders ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, so why are so many regulars involved?

It's questionable just how much Hodgson will learn from fielding the same players as he does regularly in competitive games, while other players are seeking to make an impression on the England boss ahead of his World Cup squad selection.

What will rankle with West Ham fans more than anything is, that while Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez of Southampton are given an opportunity, Noble has once again been snubbed.

With eight potential central midfielders in the England set-up, Noble's path to the Wembley turf is blocked by a cluster of talent - but he has a legitimate claim to a chance.

A combative and reliable central midfielder, Noble supplements his tidy and efficient passing play with strong tackling and ability to recycle possession for his side. Noble's tidy play is evidenced by his 83.2% pass success rate for West Ham United in the opening ten Premier League games this season.

It would be wrong to assume that Noble is just a safe pair of hands without any threat though. The home-grown Hammer has played 22 key passes so far this season, assisting one goal and scoring one in the process. He reads the game well, with good anticipation and concentrated that is used to set his wide-men free on the counter.

Although England are lavished in set-piece ability from the likes of Baines, Lampard, Gerrard and Rooney, Noble would bring yet more capability to the dead-ball department. West Ham's regular set-piece taker, Noble takes a cool and powerful penalty, whilst he can also chip in with free-kicks and corners.

Last season, Noble netted four times for the Irons and also laid on four goals for his team-mates.

While Andy Carroll may be the sole focus of Roy Hodgson's attention ahead of the World Cup in Rio, has he missed an opportunity by failing to call up Noble for the fixtures with Chile and Germany?

Would you have given Mark Noble an opportunity for England?

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