Chris Powell urges this Premier League star not to give up on England hopes

The former defender believes Mark Noble may yet get his chance to shine for the Three Lions despite being overlooked this month.

Former England left-back Chris Powell has told the London Evening Standard that West Ham United captain Mark Noble must not give up on his dream of playing for England just because he was overlooked for the recent friendlies.

Noble was not called up by Roy Hodgson for the fixtures against Germany and the Netherlands in March despite being one of the most consistent performers this season in Slaven Bilic's high-flying Hammers side which are knocking on the door of the Premier League top four.

The 28-year-old skipper has missed just one league match this season and has been a key man in midfield for the Irons, but has not been able to force his way into the senior England set-up despite previously captaining the country's Under-21s side.

His chances of being included for the England squad appear remote, with players including young Spurs duo Dele Alli and Eric Dier, Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater, and Liverpool pair James Milner and Jordan Henderson ahead of him in the pecking order.

However, Powell, who won five caps for England whilst playing for Charlton early last decade, insists that Noble should not take this to mean the door has been hut in his face forever.

The 46-year-old, who told appeared in Noble's testimonial on Monday, told the Standard: "It's going to be tough for Mark now [but] I was 31 when I got my call-up and Mark is 28 now so you never say never.

"The World Cup is two years away and if he carries on the way he's been playing you just can't deny him. The timing has been tough for him. He's been outstanding in an exceptional season for West Ham, but it just so happens that there have been one or two others that have been playing ever so well.

"He hasn't got the call up and it's a real shame because a man of his quality really should be donning the white shirt. It hasn't happened but let's hope it may happen in the next season or two."

Although he has never received recognition at senior level for his country, Noble is one of West Ham's favourite sons of recent times, having played over 350 times in a 12-year professional career with the club.

He has been the engine and leader of the side this season as the Hammers look to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Bilic's side are just a single point behind Manchester City in fourth ahead of hosting Crystal Palace this weekend.

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