Merson makes bold statement on West Ham’s Mark Noble

West Ham United’s Mark Noble was left out of the England squad.

Former player Paul Merson believes West Ham United’s Mark Noble has been the best midfielder in the Premier League this season and deserved an England call-up, the Daily Star report.

England boss Roy Hodgson controversially left Noble out of the squad for the upcoming friendlies with Germany and Holland, suggesting he can’t give a cap to every player who has played well this season.

But many observers and pundits alike feel the 28-year-old deserves a chance, with Merson in particular among his sternest backers following a wonderful campaign in East London.

“To be honest, I would have picked West Ham’s Mark Noble in the squad. He has been the best midfield player in the country this season so I hope Roy Hodgson called him and told him he’s not in the plans,” Merson wrote.

“That happened to me once. We’d just beaten Greece 5-0 and Terry Venables called to tell me I wouldn’t be selected.”

Noble has been a key player for West Ham this season, helping Slaven Bilic’s side reach the FA Cup quarter-finals and challenge for a place in the top four in the Premier League.

No English player has made more tackles, interceptions or accurate passes from midfield than Noble since the turn of the New Year, yet his age is seemingly his biggest barrier in terms of making the England squad.

At 28, Noble’s chances have arguably already passed and Hodgson seemingly wishes to build the England squad around the younger players such as Tottenham Hotspur duo Eric Dier and Dele Alli.

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