Roy Hodgson has recently announced the final 23 players that will accompany him and represent England in the upcoming Euro 2016 international championship. The absence of stand out West Ham players such as Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble and Michail Antonio has seen some West Ham fans question their omissions.
West Ham had a fantastic season and vied with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal for fourth place during the 2015/16 term though eventually succumbed to the pressure and finished in seventh. A late spell of form from an exceptional Southampton side also contributed to West Ham missing out on fourth by just four points.
Though much of West Ham's success has been due to the signing of the season £10 million Dimitri Payet's impressive form, the outstanding performances of Cresswell, Noble, Antonio and Carroll during the latter stages of the season, has Hammers fans wondering why they have been left out in the cold by Roy Hodgson.
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Noble played a grand total of 37 Premier League games, netting 7 goals and providing a further 4 assists. More impressive is his fantastic 86.4% passing accuracy, which raises the question of whether Noble could have added some much-needed creativity and passing ability from England's midfield.
Jack Wilshere in comparison, only accumulated one start and two substitute appearances for Arsenal in an injury-plagued season providing no goals or assists with a passing percentage of 84.3%. Perhaps an unfair comparison due to Wilshere's lack of football, though Hodgson has taken a major risk with the potentially unfit Gunners midfielder over the seemingly inform Noble.
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Noble's performances could be more adeptly compared to the contributions of Liverpool's Jordan Henderson and Tottenham's young prospect Eric Dier. The two made 15 and 37 starts respectively tallying a combined five goals and five assists in that time. Both with a passing percentage below that of Noble's, 79.1% and 83.3% respectively.
Though Eric Dier's place in the England squad is most certainly on the back of Tottenham's title push in the Premier League season, it's hard to argue against Dier's inclusion.
Michail Antonio had a stellar season on the right flank for West Ham, starting 23 games after his £7 million transfer from Nottingham Forest.
Despite playing predominantly in his less natural full back position Antonio still netted eight goals and added a further three assists - leading to two Man of the Match awards during the season.
Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne and Tottenham's Kyle Walker beat Antonio to a spot in the England team.
Walker has been an incredibly consistent defender for Mauricio Pochettino's side but only provided one goal and three assists during that time - a surprising statistic when you consider his attacking playing style which often sees him marauding up the right flank in support of forwards. Meanwhile, Clyne was even less effective in the final third - picking up just one Premier League goal.
Honourable mentions also go to Aaron Cresswell and Andy Carroll. The left-back could very well have been an option for Roy Hodgson following a breakthrough season for the 26-year-old but was edged out by the outstanding performances of Danny Rose.
Carroll was joked about being a consideration for the England squad following a hat-trick against Arsenal, though due to the sheer quantity of quality strikers available for England the target man has been overlooked. However, he still netted nine goals, two assists and won an average of four aerial duels per game during an injury-hit season.
However, the lack of attention drawn towards West Ham's fantastic squad could lead to them managing to keep their team intact.
International championships usually end up drawing unwanted attention to certain players, sometimes leading to high-profile transfers.
One of those players likely to be thrown in the spotlight is West Ham's very own Dimitri Payet, who could star for host nation France this summer after already impressing in his first season in the Premier League.
Bilic and the Hammers faithful could very well benefit from their key English players avoiding international call-ups, leaving them plenty of time to rest and recuperate ahead of their first season at the Olympic Stadium.
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