Ian Wright raves about West Ham's squad, analyses Mark Noble's England situation

Ian Wright

Ian Wright has praised the balance of West Ham's squad.

Pundit and former West Ham striker Ian Wright has told The Sun that he is impressed with the 'mixture' of players the Hammers have at their disposal.

Having beaten Sunderland and Tottenham 1-0 last week, West Ham travelled North to Everton in search of a third win in seven days, but looked to be down and out at 2-0 down with just 15 minutes to play.

However, goals from Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet turned the game on its head, and gave the Hammers a stunning victory, which keeps them in touch with the top four.

West Ham sit just one point off the Champions League places, as manager Slaven Bilic has enjoyed a quite remarkable debut season as Hammers boss, exceeding any expectations put before him upon his arrival last summer.

European qualification is now the Croatian's new target, and that would be the perfect way for West Ham leave Upton Park and head into the Olympic Stadium this summer.

Now, former Hammers striker and current pundit Ian Wright has given his verdict on West Ham's squad, stating that he thinks Bilic has great balance in his squad, from the powerful and hard working Michail Antonio to the technically gifted Dimitri Payet, and to physical target man Andy Carroll.

Wright also told The Sun that he thinks West Ham midfielder Mark Noble should be in the reckoning for England's Euro 2016 squad this summer, but acknowledged that Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater may beat him into Roy Hodgson's squad.

"It must be brilliant down there with Slaven," said Wright. "West Ham fans love him, they've got players in there who are really fighting for the cause, and they've got a mixture; they've got industrious, very hard working players like Antonio, they've got Payet, they've got Lanzini, they can throw Andy Carroll off the bench and they've got Mark Noble, who is knocking on the door of England."

"I think that he should be given recognition for the way he has played, and I don't think it's a bad thing to be throwing his name in there. We've seen and we've heard from Roy Hodgson that it's going to be very hard for anyone to break into the squad, and if anyone is going to do it at the moment, I think Drinkwater will probably get in before Noble, unfortunately for Mark."

"Mark has just got to carry on doing what he's been doing, and he's not stopped carrying on doing what he's doing - he's always been very consistent at what he's done, he's just now getting the recognition because West Ham are up there," he added.

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