West Ham fans react on Twitter as Noble is snubbed for Mason

Mark Noble

West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has missed out once again for England, with Tottenham Hotspur's Ryan Mason preferred.

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. 

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.

  TeamTackles per gameInterceptions per gameAerial Duels Won per gamePassing AccuracyTouches per gameGoalsAssistsKey Passes per gameAppearances
Ryan Mason Tottenham 2.43 1.3 0.61 83% 65.22 1 3 0.83 23
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...

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