Why England manager Roy Hodgson is wrong to ignore these five West Ham stars

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When Roy Hodgson announced his latest England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers at the weekend there were no surprises to anyone at West Ham United.

That's because players, staff and fans at this great English institution are long since used to the fact Hodgson seemingly does not pick West Ham players for the national side.

Hammers fans will proudly point to the club's history of producing players for the Three Lions.

And it's not just the World Cup winning trio Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters either.

West Ham, the self-styled Academy of Football, have furnished the national team with a host of top players over the years.

In recent years alone there has been Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson.

John Terry and Sol Campbell were both products of the Hammers Academy, while casting the mind further back players such as David James, Trevor Sinclair, Tony Cottee, Alvin Martin and Trevor Brooking were also international players.

West Ham and England have always enjoyed a special relationship. Indeed whenever England play away matches, West Ham fans have historically made up a large section of the support.

Hammers fans' patience has been well and truly tested by Hodgson, though, who since taking over has been reluctant to include players plying their trade in the famous claret and blue.

The 68-year-old has been in charge since 2012 and since that time has only ever called up two players from West Ham - Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.

England have no other striking option like Carroll so his inclusion is nothing much to shout about. Downing, however, won his England place back after playing a starring role as West Ham sat fourth in the Premier League at the turn of the year.

He played for one half, with a badly injured knee – so desperate was he to make an impression – and was again cast aside by Hodgson thereafter.

On watching Downing, surely Hodgson would have noticed the likes of Mark Noble, James Tomkins, Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson too?

The case for Cresswell

Cresswell, having stepped up from the Championship, was a revelation last season.

He won the club's prestigious Hammer of the Year award and was hailed by fans and pundits alike for his consistent displays as West Ham's only ever present.

There were rumours of an England call-up, as well as talk of £30million bids from the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea - as covered by the Express.

But they never materialised for the Liverpool born left-back.

A player very much in the mould of Ashley Cole, Cresswell rampages up and down the flank and has a lovely left foot for deliveries and letting off powerful shots. Hammers fans are simply astonished he has yet again been overlooked.

The former Ipswich Town man was a key player in the Hammers' impressive away wins at Arsenal and Liverpool, but instead Hodgson has preferred Luke Shaw and Kieran Gibbs, who has not even been getting in the Gunners side.

Tomkins the 'future England skipper'

Then there's Tomkins. An England youth player all the way up to the under 21s and a fantastic defender and reader of the game. All the headlines are about John Stones, but as a defender Tomkins is every bit as good, if not better than the Everton star.

England are crying out for intelligent defenders and here is one right under their noses who is consistently ignored despite amassing over 150 games in the Premier League for the Hammers at the age of just 26.

Alan Pardew once said of Tomkins when he was Hammers manager that the Basildon-born star would be the England captain one day.

Perhaps he will realise that prediction himself one day if he gets the chance to follow Hodgson into the England hotseat.

On loan Gunner is England goner

On the other side of West Ham's defence is Jenkinson, who was also a standout performer for the east Londoners last season.

Clocked as the quickest player in the Premier League and consistently one of West Ham's best players throughout last season, he too has been ignored by the senior team since earning a call-up while playing for Arsenal.

A classy defender who gets up and down like a wing-back, much like Cresswell, and offers superb supply to the strikers from the flank and playing week in, week out.

Last season Jenkinson famously chased Diego Costa all the way back as he closed in to score what looked a certain goal.

But he pulled off a remarkable challenge, which was regarded as one of the best pieces of defending seen at West Ham since the days of the great Moore.

Paying the price for being Mr West Ham?

Then there is Mark Noble, Mr West Ham.

At 28, Noble is not only the captain of the club but has also played nearly 240 Premier League matches – and scored 33 goals no less, including two already this season.

He is always reliable and often comes out on top of countless Opta stats charts with regards best passing percentages, tackling, most ground covered and the like.

Another player who represented England all the way up to Under 21 level, he even captained the Young Lions.

But his consistently good performances in the best league in the world cut little ice with Hodgson who has never so much as called him into a squad, even for a friendly.

Yet Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Mason and Fabian Delph have all been given a chance in the senior side.

Will Roy be a Carroll singer this winter?

Lastly we come to a player who perhaps would be in the squad more often if he stayed fit for long enough, Andy Carroll.

However, the last time Carroll was fit and playing well for the Hammers, the call never came from the England camp.

He is fighting back to full fitness now and it remains to be seen whether Hodgson still fancies the big man or not.

It is a pretty damning indictment of Hodgson's selection policy that he does not even give these kind of players a chance at international level.

They are all still relatively young and they have all proved themselves consistently on the Premier League stage.

West Ham aren't exactly a small club either and are only going to get bigger as the move to the Olympic Stadium looms large.

Call it paranoia, call it big club syndrome, Hodgson would do well to give some Hammers a chance in the near future.

After all, the only time the national side ever won anything, it came with a big helping hand from West Ham.

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