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Mark Noble considers representing Republic of Ireland

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West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble is reportedly on the verge of declaring his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland.

The East-Londoner is said to be considering the move after growing frustrated at being overlooked for the England senior squad. 

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The 27-year-old is eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland through his Irish grandparents.

Noble has represented England before captaining the under-21s at the 2009 European Championships but was left out of Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Despite playing week in, week out for West Ham in the Premier League year after year the first-team regular was left out of Roy Hodgson's squad to face Norway and Switzerland next week. 

Noble was shunned ahead of the relatively inexperienced John Stones, Calum Chambers and Jack Colback.

Noble may choose to avail of a fast-track passport which could make him eligible for
Ireland's clash with world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen in October. 

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