For a player who has consistently impressed in the Premier League over the last decade, it comes as a surprise that West Ham's Mark Noble has been somewhat ignored when it comes to the England national squad.
This season, however, has seen the midfielder become a stand-out figure in the Hammers' attempts to secure a Europa League spot, arguably playing some of the best football of his career.
Despite representing his country at youth level since the age of 16, Noble has never received the nod for the senior team, which should surely change this summer.
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England travel to France for the European Championships and with an array of youngsters set to book themselves a spot on the plane, a lack of experience in the Three Lions camp could affect their ambitions to progress.
And that’s where the West Ham captain comes in. Whilst the Irons have failed to hit top gear in recent years, Noble has been an ever-present in instigating progression and belief into his side - something England should take advantage of.
His hopes of securing a place were dampened last Thursday, however, as Roy Hodgson invited around 40 Euro 2016 hopefuls to a meeting at St George's Park, of whom Noble wasn't included.
Furthermore, after analysing West Ham and Noble's performance against Norwich City on Match of the Day, Hodgson insisted that he was happy with his current midfield.
"It is good to see Mark Noble and Danny Drinkwater doing so well,” the 68-year-old said. "We are pretty happy with our midfield, but it is nice to have extra competition."
A man of Noble's experience would undoubtedly benefit the countries upcoming talent. England teams gone by have relied upon the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to do just that and since they're now retired, it’s time for a new player to lead the youngsters forward.
Of course, Noble lacks experience for his country and the all-round quality of the aforementioned Gerrard and Lampard, but his leadership and time at the top level would help Hodgson's side to a great extent.
That doesn't mean to say he has to become a regular in the England squad, but even just his inclusion would be the recognition he deserves by a manager who needs to fuse experience and youth come the summer.
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