No top flight midfielder has performed better than West Ham's Mark Noble, Bilic claims

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West Ham United’s Mark Noble has been superb this season.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic says no Premier League midfielder has performed better than Mark Noble this season as he talks up his England chances, the Daily Mail reports.

England boss Roy Hodgson has already played down Noble’s chances of featuring this summer, explaining how he cannot call up every single player currently enjoying a terrific campaign.

There is no doubt that the midfield is a particularly competitive area within England’s ranks, with Arsenal ace Jack Wilshere now back in the picture following his return from a long-term injury.

Bilic, however, believes Noble has out-performed the lot as he urges Hodgson to reconsider his options.

“There are no midfielders who are having a better season than he is — constantly from the first game at Arsenal,” the former Croatia national team boss told the Daily Mail.

“I was an international coach for six years and the national team is not about the 23 best players in one country. It's also a team, especially in the big tournaments where they are together for six weeks.

“Is he a top-quality player? Of course he is. Not only at West Brom because he scored a couple of goals or whatever. It's every day, every game, every training session. He is top class.”

Noble has enjoyed arguably the best season of his career this year, scoring seven goals and adding a further four assists while also averaging 2.7 tackles and 2.3 interceptions per league encounter.

If Noble was 21, he would undoubtedly be among the favourites to join up with the England squad this summer. However, as he is 28, many have suggested his chance has already come and gone.

West Ham currently sit in sixth spot in the Premier League table, five points adrift of the top four.

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