Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has been called into the England squad as a replacement for Adam Lallana, but was there a player Roy Hodgson glaringly overlooked?
Mason's development has been impressive this season, but once again the consistent performances of West Ham midfielder Mark Noble have been ignored.
Noble, 27, played 20 times for England's under-21 side, but has never been called into the England first team.
His omission caught the attention of a former West Ham academy teammate Hogan Ephraim, who currently plays for Wycombe Wanderers.
I'm a big mason fan, don't get that twisted....but hodgson you are showing a serious lack of respect to mark noble...madness— Hogan Ephraim (@HoganEphraim) March 23, 2015
Noble is the elder of the two players and Hodgson's approach to go for the younger player is to some degree understandable, but the West Ham star is more proven at Premier League level and still has several years at his peak.
|Team||Tackles per game||Interceptions per game||Aerial Duels Won per game||Passing Accuracy||Touches per game||Goals||Assists||Key Passes per game||Appearances|
|Mark Noble||West Ham||2||1.95||0.43||85%||65.71||1||3||1.57||21|
The two players have identical records in terms of goals and assists, both netting one and providing three. Both even average 65 touches per game each.
Noble shades the comparison in terms of interceptions per game and passing accuracy, and Mason for tackles per game and aerial duels won.
The two players are similar options for Roy Hodgson to consider, but on the basis of years of effort spent producing consistently at a high level in the Premier League, it's easy to see why these West Ham fans were outraged at seeing Mason selected ahead of Noble when he is yet to complete a full season in the top flight...
It's a disgrace how Mason is in the England squad over Nobles #whufc— Steve Hackett (@SrHack123) March 23, 2015
Noble been doing what Mason has done this season for the past 2 or 3 seasons! #WHUFC— Dale St John (@DaleSaintJ) March 23, 2015
Seriously Woy?, Mason!, Has shown nothing to deserve this while Noble has been working his whole career to get a cap, You a Spurs fan Woy?.— West Ham Journo (@kaz7289) March 23, 2015
Noble should be well ahead of Mason in the england pecking order— Jonny Gray (@Graysy23) March 23, 2015