He said: “I’ve played against Mark many times, and seen him progress to become a really established leader in that team. Unfortunately when you are a certain type of player you get overlooked. Noble is actually a better footballer than people give him credit for, and is a great talker on the pitch, and that is something England are lacking. He could still easily do a job at international level.”
Noble, who has spent his entire career contracted to West Ham, progressed through their academy and was named full time captain this season by Slaven Bilic.
He is far more technically gifted than many give him credit for, and whilst he is often placed in the same category as other ‘classically English’ midfielders - Lee Cattermole and Jack Colback come to mind - Noble has a much more continental style to his play.
He is a strong passer of the ball, and possess both a creative and goalscoring flair, and can be used in a number of the midfield positions. It is hard to argue for Noble continually being overlooked by Roy Hodgson, especially with some of the players named ahead of him.
Dele Alli and Eric Dier have been called up with a lack of experience to their name. The Spurs duo are bound to have excellent careers, but Alli has less than 15 games Premier League experience, and Dier is a makeshift midfielder.
Fabian Delph has not even managed 30 minutes of Premier League action for Manchester City this season, and Noble surely has a right to be playing ahead of him.
Noble is unappreciated by a large majority of the English football supporting public, and whilst he will never be a world beater, the West Ham legend is undoubtedly good enough to get into this current Three Lions set-up.