West Ham captain Mark Noble not expecting England call

Mark Noble

The midfielder has been impressive for West Ham United this season.

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble says he is not expecting an England call up this summer, in comments made to Sky Sports.

The Hammers captain has been in fine form this season, arguably his best to date, as his side have challenged at the top end of the table.

That has led to calls from the club’s supporters, and football fans in general, to give him his first call up into the England squad ahead of Euro 2016.

Manager Roy Hodgson resisted those called during the last international break, instead opting to give Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater his chance to impress.

There is still time to get into the squad before the tournament in France, but Noble is not expecting it and has already booked his summer holidays instead.

“I’ve got my holidays booked so I’m looking forward to them,” he told Sky Sports. “As I’ve said before if it happens, it happens but I’m not counting on it. I’m just going to enjoy the last three games for us [West Ham].

“The likes of myself, Andy [Carroll], Aaron [Cresswell], and I know people have been talking about Michail [Antonio] as well. If you’ve been in squad and you’re on the fringes then yeah maybe, but we’re not.“

As Noble says, he can now focus on his club form instead of an England call up and help his side to secure a top four finish this season.

Slaven Bilic’s side currently sit fifth in the table, four points away from Manchester City in fourth, albeit with a crucial game in hand against Manchester United to come.

Should they win that game, a top four finish would be very much in their grasp, and that would go some way to lessening Noble’s international disappointment.

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