James Collins cannot understand Mark Noble England omission

Mark Noble

The West Ham captain has been ignored by Roy Hodgson despite an impressive season.

West Ham United defender James Collins cannot understand Mark Noble being left out of the England squad, he has told Sky Sports.

The midfielder has enjoyed arguably his best season with the Hammers as they have shone under Slaven Bilic this year.

As a result, there have been widespread calls for him to be selected in the England squad as they prepare to head to France for Euro 2016 this summer.

Roy Hodgson did not pick him for the last international break though, instead opting to hand Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater his chance to stake a claim. 

And teammate Collins says he cannot understand how his captain is being overlooked as he is top drawer.

"I can't understand why he hasn't had a chance. I've played with him for nearly 10 years and he's top drawer,” he told Sky Sports.

"If he gets goals in his game, like he has done recently, then he deserves a crack. I don't think there are too many midfielders that do a better job than him.”

"He's got everything on the pitch, and he's great around the training ground. His passing is exceptional and he's getting forward more now. I don't think people realise how good a player he is until you play with him.”

There is no denying that Noble’s performances this season alone should have seen him tested by Hodgson at least.

In regards to making Euro 2016, that is another matter, with the midfield area one that is already well populated, especially given the emergence of the likes of Dele Alli and Eric Dier.

With a determination to get Jack Wilshere in the squad also, that leaves limited places in the 23 man squad, which is unfortunate for Noble as any other time may have seen him chosen.

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