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

Mark Noble

The stats suggest that the Hammers man has beaten the Spurs midfielder in five key areas this season so far.

This week saw a lot of criticism for England manager Roy Hodgson and the players he called up to the England squad.

Chief among them were several Spurs players, with Dele Alli earning another call up, Eric Dier earning his first international appearance and Ryan Mason being a late addition.

Mason in particular is a contentious choice considering his lack of game time for Spurs this season, with him struggling to break into the side after an injury earlier in the campaign.

One player who fans feel was more deserving of a call up was West Ham midfielder Mark Noble, who has been impressive in his side’s strong start to the campaign.

  SeasonAccurate Pass per GameSuccessful Final Third Passes per GameTotal Attempted Assist per GameOntarget Attempted Assist per GameWon Tackle per GameInterception Won per Game
Mark Noble 2015-2016 39.5 10.33 0.92 0.67 1.67 2.08
Ryan Mason 2015-2016 28.625 6.875 1 0.5 0.375 0.5

And the stats suggest that there is logic behind that argument, with the Hammers star coming out on top in five key areas this season.

The midfielder has enjoyed more successful passes per game, and successful final third passes per game than his Spurs counter part this season.

He has also been more of an attacking threat, with him enjoying more on target attempted assists per game, although Mason has registered slightly more in total per game.

Noble enjoys dominance in the defensive side of the game as well, registering more won tackles per game and won interceptions per game than Mason.

The stats then, suggest Noble was more deserving of an England call up than Mason this time, something that is sure to fuel West Ham’s unhappiness even further.

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