Mark Noble can give England's midfield an extra edge

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With the European Championships in France just three months away, a man who is unlikely to feature is Mark Noble.

The West Ham midfielder has spent 12 years at the club, playing over 350 games but for some reason has never had an England call up.

In this, West Ham’s best season in the Premier League era, the Hammers find themselves sitting in fifth place and well in reach of a Champions League place, Roy Hodgson has failed to identify Noble's potential.


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Noble has been a key figure in this team, controlling the midfield, breaking down play and setting the tempo at which his side play. A role which has been underestimated by some but for those with a better football understanding this position is crucial to the rhythm of any team's play.

Players such as Claude Makelele, Pep Guardiola and Sergio Busquets have shown just how valuable this position has become.

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In the modern game, which is obsessed with possession and midfield domination, most teams will deploy at least one holding midfielder. Whether it is the 4-3-3 or the 4-2-3-1, there will usually be one player who sits in front of the defence, breaks up play and passes to the more creative players.

This season Noble has had this down to a tee, yet he has seen the likes of Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson and James Milner preferred to him in the centre of England’s midfield and is still waiting for a call-up - never mind a cap.

How does Noble compare statistically?

Compared with the other English midfielders who can play in this position, Noble is leading the way.

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When his performances this season are compared with Dier, Henderson, Milner and Michael Carrick it is clear that Noble is doing a brilliant job for West Ham.

He has won more tackles than any of these other midfielders, he has also had a better pass completion rate and ranks second in the most forward passes, key passes and interceptions.

It is clear to see that Noble is having a good season and the midfielder has also expressed a longing desire to play for England.

It seems that he will miss out on the upcoming major competition but hopefully Hodgson will see the error of his ways and bring him into the England squad in the near future.

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Michael Carrick
West Ham United
England Football
Premier League
Mark Noble
Jordan Henderson
James Milner

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