Did West Ham’s Noble deserve England call-up ahead of Tottenham's Mason?

Mark Noble

It has been suggested that the West Ham United man is more deserving of a call-up, we decided to find out if that was true.

Ryan Mason v Mark Noble: Head to Head: : 20150326

With international week now up upon us, focus falls on the national squads and who has managed to make them.

With England in particular there were a few surprise names in the group, with the likes of Andros Townsend considered fortunate to have made the cut on the back of disappointing club form at Tottenham Hotspur.

A spate of injuries have also hit Roy Hodgson’s squad, meaning some new faces, such as Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason, have been given their chance to impress the England boss.

One man who didn’t manage to break in was West Ham United’s Mark Noble, with the Hammers stalwart admitting to the Daily Mail that his chances of a call up seem unlikely, although he will continue to push for a place regardless.

We decided to compare him with Mason to see if he did indeed deserve a spot in the side.

Starting with assists, a key component of any midfielder’s game, the pair are actually level with three apiece this season. However, Noble has attempted 33 assists so far compared to Mason’s tally of 19, although the West Ham man has managed to find his intended target with just 13 of those. That’s a success rate of just 39%.

In contrast, Mason has managed to find his target with 14 of his 19 attempted assists, which is an impressive success rate of 73%. In terms of passing, though, it seems Noble comes out on top, but only just.

The West Ham man has made a total of 1021 passes this season, with 868 of them being accurate, a success rate of 85%, while Mason has made 1163 passes this season, with 962 of them being accurate, a success rate of 82%. So, pretty close between the two when it comes to possession.

Given that the pair are relatively close with their passing rates, and Mason is edging things when it comes to creating chances, it seems manager Roy Hodgson has made the right call on this occasion. However, with these kind of stats, it seems Noble cannot be too far away from a call-up.

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