The moment West Ham fans knew deep down Hodgson wouldn't pick Noble

The England boss is clearly a much bigger fan of a Leicester midfielder than West Ham's skipper.

West Ham United fans will once again be disappointed that captain Mark Noble hasn't made Roy Hodgson's England squad, with the Three Lions boss clearly preferring Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater.

A moment back in February, though, may have made West Ham supporters realise deep down Noble wouldn't be picked - and that Leicester's midfielder would make the cut instead. 

"It is good to see Mark Noble and Danny Drinkwater doing so well," the 68-year-old told BBC's Match of the Day.

"We are pretty happy with our midfield but it is nice to have extra competition. We can never close the door. Mark is a very good character, as is Danny Drinkwater I believe."

But the problem with Hodgson's response was that the England boss was asked specifically and directly about the Hammers skipper by Alan Shearer in the studio.

Drinkwater wasn't mentioned - just Noble. But Hodgson's tone gave everything away. He wasn't keen on discussing the West Ham captain and even spoke louder and more excitably when mentioning the Leicester midfielder.

Many West Ham fans reacted angrily on Twitter at the time, suggesting the Three Lions boss was being disrespectful by not evening dedicating a whole answer to Noble considering the question was aimed at him.

But the anger may well have turned to a realisation deep down all the way back then. In theory, Noble still has a chance of making Euro 2016. It does not, however, look a very likely outcome...

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