Monday, 5 November 2012

Mark Noble For England?

West Ham's Mark Noble was brilliant last season for the Hammers and has continued that into this Premier League campaign. After an array of excellent performances he is beginning to attract some attention, some are calling for him to get an England call up, the question is - does he deserve one?

After again starring for the Hammers in their home draw against Manchester City recently in the presence of England manager Roy Hodgson, many tipped Noble for a call up. His battling performances have been a main feature in most of West Ham's games for the last year now. Since the departure of former talisman Scott Parker, Noble has really come along. He is the first name on the teamsheet and you can see why. 

Still only 25 years old, the academy graduate has a lot to his game. A tenacious tackler Noble flew in with 6 tackles against Manchester City and he was successful in every one of them. This was more than any other player in that game. He also topped another stat, with 3 interceptions. Against Southampton, Noble grabbed 2 goals, the first being a long range free kick that bounced all the way in and the second an assured penalty. Undoubtedly one of the best penalty takers around, you can always rely on him to calmly slot them home even when under immense pressure. 

He has been in the West Ham team for quite a while and has matured into a great players. Noble can also create chances too, his passing precision is incredible at times. Against Fulham he attempted 81 passes with 79 being successful, a success rate of 98%. They weren't just back passes either, 37 were forward compared to 24 back. He works hard for his team and just when you think the other team is about to break, he's there blocking out the danger. 

A great leader too, he sets an example for his team and has before dragged the team with him single-handedly when it seemed as though the game was lost. A loyal player who grew up around the area and has stayed at the club ever since, he puts his heart and soul into every game, both of those being quite rare these days! He recently signed a new contract at West Ham and continues to be hugely important for the East London club and I predict that a number of clubs will enquire about him in the January transfer window.

I have watched Noble for the last 3 seasons and can see that he has vastly improved as time has gone on. He previously represented England at youth levels but has never been in the senior squad, with his current form surely it's worth a go. If selected it would give him the opportunity to reform his partnership with Scott Parker in midfield, something that will no doubt be useful. In my opinion he is fully deserving of an England call up and Roy Hodgson would be foolish to ignore him, after all England could do with some fresh faces! Whether he picks him or not, you rest assured that Noble will give his everything for his country.

Do you think Mark Noble deserves and England call up? Tell us in the comments section below!

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