Jermaine Jenas wants West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble in the England squad

Mark Noble

Jermaine Jenas thinks West Ham United's Mark Noble is better than the likes of Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey, Manchester United's Michael Carrick, and Arsenal's Jack Wilshere.

Jermaine Jenas has told Eurosport that West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble deserves to be called up to England’s Euro 2016 squad.

Noble has never been capped for England before, but he has played a pivotal role in helping the Hammers climb into sixth place in the Premier League table this season.

And Jenas feels that his performances in central midfield, now put him ahead of the likes of Newcastle United new boy Jonjo Shelvey, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.

“When I look at England's midfield ahead of Euro 2016, I'm not sure who will play - and I don't think Roy Hodgson does either,” Jenas wrote.

“The England manager chopped and changed a lot in qualifying, partly due to injuries, with Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere, James Milner, Fabian Delph, Adam Lallana and Jonjo Shelvey all getting opportunities. They are all good players, but not one of them is in top form and reliable in terms of their fitness, and that's a real worry for Hodgson. I'm a big fan of Carrick, but at 34 you also have to include him in the same category.

“A player who has been consistently overlooked in the position is Mark Noble. And I admit that when I was playing, he was an opponent I respected more than I feared. But this season he has reached another level.

“If you look at all England's central midfielders right now, the West Ham captain is definitely in the top five. In fact, he is playing better than every single one of the players I just mentioned. So it's surely time for Hodgson to give him a chance.”

Noble has been consistently overlooked by England throughout his career to date.

The 28-year-old’s continued omission for Three Lions’ squads has frustrated Hammers supporters, but the clamour for him to have a chance has rarely been greater.

West Ham are having a fine season, and Noble has been one of the figureheads in it - with the midfielder’s combative and disciplined performances allowing Slaven Bilic’s side’s more attacking players to thrive.

Noble has already racked up over 300 Premier League appearances for West Ham, and he is now one of the most experienced English top flight players, not to have received a cap for his country.

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