England have made an indifferent start to Euro 2016, finishing second in a group they were expected to win comfortably to potentially set up a more difficult path in the knockout stages.
That's despite brilliant Premier League performances from the likes of Aaron Cresswell, Michail Antonio and Mark Noble with Andy Carroll - widely considered the only player of his type in the league - also frozen out.
While England have toiled to second place behind Wales in their Euro 2016 group after two draws and a win, Spain have cemented their odds as pre-tournament favourites with some excellent performances.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in action with West Ham's Mark Noble
James' surprise comparison
And as Barcelona hero Iniesta pulled the strings in Spain's emphatic 3-0 win over Turkey, pundit James took to Twitter to make his surprise comparison.
He said: "Simply put Andrés Iniesta's Noble."
Simple Put Andrés Iniesta's Noble— David James (@jamosfoundation) June 17, 2016
Andres Iniesta celebrates
Comparison to legend highlights Hodgson blunder
James has seen Noble's talents up close recently after playing in the Hammers favourite's testimonial back in March.
While Noble will undoubtedly be thrilled to be compared to one of the world's greatest players for a generation, it does make Hodgson's omission all the more glaring.
West Ham's Mark Noble and Manchester United's Juan Mata in action
Noble is Premier League's best in so many departments
The stat says Noble has won possession in the middle third of the pitch more times (411) than any other player in the last three Premier League seasons.
Instead Hodgson has opted to use England's all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney in a central midfield role meaning the Manchester United star has had to do a lot of tracking back and is using up his energy at the wrong end of the pitch.
Figures ahead of Hodgson's final selection for the Euros also highlighted how Noble was way ahead of his rivals for a place in the squad.
The stats proved Noble was the top English midfielder in terms of chances created, successful passes, tackles won and pass completion.
And let's not forget he had the best penalty conversion rate in all of Europe at one stage last season.
But the call never came.