Hodgson uses journeyman example to explain West Ham star Mark Noble's absence

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West Ham United’s Mark Noble didn’t make the England squad.

England boss Roy Hodgson believes the case for West Ham United’s Mark Noble to be given a call-up is similar to current Rochdale striker Grant Holt before the World Cup, The Sun report.

Noble has been one of the Premier League’s outstanding midfielders in the last few months, earning rave reviews as West Ham push up the table and challenge for a place in the top four.

The calls for the midfielder to receive his first ever cap in the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Holland are loud and clear, yet Hodgson insists he can’t cap every player having a decent season.

“Before the World Cup it was Grant Holt, so I can’t cap everyone having a good season,” he said.

Yet the key difference was Holt was merely a target man who had found goal scoring form, while there is so much more to Noble and the proof is in the pudding when looking at his season statistics.

The 28-year-old has scored three and assisted a further four in 29 Premier League appearances, while also averaging 2.6 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per league encounter - more than his rivals.

Hodgson is seemingly swing towards reputation and past form rather than current form, and in doing so he is in danger of heading to France this summer with players struggling for confidence.

Theo Walcott is a clear example of a bizarre inclusion for the upcoming friendlies, with the Arsenal forward struggling to nail down a regular first-team spot and lacking where it really matters.

Noble, 28, would be a risk but is Eric Dier or Jordan Henderson really playing any better? The answer is no.

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