Souness believes a U-turn may be coming on West Ham's Mark Noble

Graeme Souness believes West Ham's Mark Noble is on the verge of an England call.

Mark Noble's career long England snub has been grating on West Ham fans for several seasons, while ex-Hammer Paul Ince recently told the BBC Radio 5 Live  it bordered on a 'joke'.

Now former Premier League manager Graeme Souness believes with West Ham flying high in the league, the time has come for Noble to get his call-up, with England boss Roy Hodgson surely no longer able to ignore him.

Souness told the Sunday Times: "Noble has high energy, is good enough on the ball without being eye-catching and is worth a chance with England.

"You will get somewhere between a seven and an eight out of 10 from him every time he plays. If it’s not happening for him, he’s still going to give you effort and help those around him.

"I’m sure Noble has a chance of breaking into England’s squad for the Euros. It’s not all about flicks and tricks — and England have a few of those in midfield — you need a blend in there and he’d complement the flair players they have."

If the 28-year-old does not get a call-up now, then he may it may be too late. Instead of looking to the future and selecting an injury prone talent like Jack Wilshere who has promise, a player like Noble who is delivering now is a far more sensible call.

If a tournament call does come his way then there would surely be nobody who can seriously argue that he does not deserve the opportunity.

Noble has made 36 appearances for the Hammers this season already and is a cornerstone of their success, in good form and full of confidence. If England allow it, then he could be a key man for them too. 

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