West Ham midfielder Mark Noble admits defeat on Euro 2016 selection, but not on playing for his country

The West Ham stalwart has never made the international breakthrough.

Mark Noble has been in fantastic form for West Ham United this season and that form has rightly seen talk of him making the England squad.

West Ham fans have long been calling for Noble to make the England squad, after several seasons of consistent and impressive performances for the Hammers.

But once again, despite being in the form of his life, Noble was overlooked and Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater was given his first call-up to the England team instead.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ today (24/03/2016) about his England chances the West Ham star insisted he would not be giving up on playing for England – but admitted he did not hold out much hope of selection for the European Championships in France this summer:

“It wasn’t meant to be and now we ca fully enjoy the game on Monday.

“I don’t give up (on England) for sure. No I don’t give up.

“For the Euros probably yes actually. But for England no I don’t give up. Obviously it is not just about me England, it is about a lot of good players, top players.”

Noble has plenty of top competition for the central midfield positions. Not only the players currently in the England squad but the likes of Michael Carrick, Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Wilshere who are currently on the sidelines.

The emergence of Eric Dier and Dele Alli has also not helped his chances and Drinkwater’s presence complicates matters further.

Does Noble deserve a place ahead of many of these players? Possibly, but it is beginning to look increasingly unlikely.

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