Danny Murphy understands Mark Noble exclusion from England squad

Mark Noble

The West Ham captain was left out in favour of Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater.

Danny Murphy understands why West Ham United captain Mark Noble was left out of Roy Hodgson’s latest England squad, he has told talkSPORT.

There had been a swell of support for Noble to be called up to the England squad over recent months, after an impressive campaign with the Hammers.

He, alongside Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater, were two players that fans believed deserved to be in Hodgson’s team for the national teams upcoming friendlies.

However, the England elected to just pick Drinkwater when he named his squad, cause outrage once again ignoring Noble.

That has caused some outrage among the club’s fan base, but Murphy says he understands the decision.

“I like Noble, but I do understand why he’s not in there,” he told talkSPORT.

“No one would think it strange if Mark Noble was in the squad, because he is a quality player, but there are only so many midfield places.”

“Roy will probably know how he’s going to play in that midfield, so he’ll choose the players who can fill the roles he has in mind.”

Noble is not the only West Ham star who is likely feeling aggrieved to have missed out on this latest England squad.

Left back Aaron Cresswell should have been within a shout after impressing over the last two seasons at Upton Park.

With Luke Shaw out injured an Leighton Baines left out as well, he would have fancied his chances of getting his first senior call up instead.

Instead he has been left out, and he and Noble must now be questioning whether they will get their chance in future.

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