Mark Noble exclusion shows England quality, claims Paul Merson

The West Ham United captain has been in fine form for his side this season.

England must be within a chance of winning Euro 2016 if they can afford to leave out West Ham United captain Mark Noble, Paul Merson has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, broadcast on May 7.

The Hammers star has been in fine form this season as his side have shone in the Premier League.

That has led to calls for him to finally get an England call up as they gear up for Euro 2016 in France this summer.

So far he has been overlooked, missing out in the last international break as manager Roy Hodgson elected to try Leicester City man Danny Drinkwater instead.

Noble is unlikely to make it into the squad for this summer, and Merson believes that means England must have a chance of winning it if they can afford to overlook him.

“We must have a chance of winning the Euros this year,” he told Soccer Saturday. “If Mark Noble doesn’t get a look in to get into any England squad, then we must be very good."

The problem for Noble is that he is fighting for a place in an already packed England midfield.

The emergence of Tottenham Hotspur duo Eric Dier and Dele Alli has not helped his chances this season, while Jack Wilshere is another competitor.

Add in Ross Barkley, James Milner and Jordan Henderson and it is easy to see why Noble is missing out, despite his performances for the Hammers.

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