This week saw England manager Roy Hodgson select his provisional 26-man squad, of which 23, will travel to France for this year’s European Championships.
It’s safe to say, some of the chosen names have come as a shock to most supporters and even more so, the players left out of the squad.
One team who has seen their home-grown talents excel this season is West Ham United, however, none of them received their, what looked to be inevitable, call-up.
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Here are four Hammers who are right to feel harshly treated by Hodgson for not earning a call-up to his squad.
Andy Carroll hasn’t featured for his country since the last Euros and was a name on most people’s lips to receive the call-up after impressing for West Ham this season.
Spells on the sideline prevented the Hammers forward from achieving peak performances this campaign which has proven costly regarding his England future.
Injuries aside, though, Carroll is arguably one of the deadliest strikers in the Premier League with the qualities he possesses. In the air, the front man is immaculate, nine times out of ten he wins the ball; equally ending up putting it in the back of the opposing net.
His current goal tally of nine goals may have been the factor of Hodgson’s reluctance to pick him, but it’s safe to say Carroll has proven more suited to England’s silverware hopes than Wayne Rooney this season.
Arguably one of the shocks of Hodgson’s selection would be the decision to leave out Michail Antonio, who has flourished at the Boleyn Ground this season.
West Ham’s summer signing has hit the ground running since his £7million move from Championship outfit Nottingham Forest, constantly performing at a high standard week in week out.
The 26-year-old has bagged 11 goals for Slaven Bilic’s side this season and an England call-up looked inevitable, however, Hodgson opted for alternate options.
Antonio has been a level above the likes of Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling this season, but the England boss seemed in favour for the duo instead.
The ability to not only play at right-back and on the wing, but to excel in that position too is something Hodgson should have taken advantage of. With little experience around the national team, just including him in the squad would have benefited the 26-year-old.
Aaron Cresswell deserves all the plaudits he has received this season after playing a vital part in the Hammers’ European attempts.
The left-back signed for the London side from Ipswich in the summer of 2014 and it hasn’t taken him long to adapt to the career step-up.
The West Ham defender has an accurate eye when it comes to pinging in crosses and with a man of Carroll’s stature in the box, it could have been a deadly combination for England.
Hodgson undoubtedly had a selection headache when choosing the man to succeed his left side of defence with the immaculate displays shown by Danny Rose, Ryan Bertrand, and Cresswell this season. One of the trio had to be left out though and there are no prizes for guessing which one.
The Three Lions boss decided against the selection of the Hammers number three in a decision which has, yet again, been a cause for debate.
“Noble for England” has been the chant heard the most around Upton Park this campaign and at 29, it could have been the midfielder’s first and last chance to perform on the big stage for his country.
The Hammers skipper has represented England since under-16 level and having put in astounding performances this season, it looked like Noble could have finally been given the chance to showcase his talent at senior level.
England have been hampered by injuries over the past few years, so it comes as a surprise he has opted for injury-prone midfielder Jack Wilshere instead of Noble, who has featured 34 times in the league this campaign.
The Arsenal star, along with Fabian Delph and Jordan Henderson, all picked ahead of the Hammers captain, have played no more than 30 games between them.
The 29-year-old has been solid at the heart of the West Ham midfield over the past decade, defending and attacking. He is mister reliable when it comes to taking spot-kicks and with England’s history of penalty shoot-outs, Noble is a much-needed man.
There is debate whether the club has had an effect on Noble’s snub; maybe if he played for Manchester City and Delph played for West Ham, for example, the situation could have been a whole lot different.
It’s safe to say Hodgson’s decisions have caused dispute around the country and the boss will be under more pressure than ever to bring home silverware this summer.
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