West Ham United icon Mark Noble England snub 'criminal' - scout Jimmy Hampson
Mark Noble has played in almost every competition for West Ham, bar the Champions League, but an England call up has always eluded him.
He will finally get the to have the three lions emblazoned on his chest this summer when he plays in the UNICEF Soccer Aid charity match although it doesn’t quite make up for his previous snubs.
The 34-year-old is going to hang up his boots at the end of this season and his final home game as a Hammer against Manchester City on Sunday (15 May) will be an emotional day for all in attendance.
Noble was brought to the club by scout Jimmy Hampson and he believes that the 34-year-old has been shafted out of an international call up at times in his career.
“I think it’s criminal that he has never been given the opportunity to play for England,” Hampson said, as quoted by The Athletic.
“Yes, there were some good players in front of him, but Noble definitely deserved to be called up to at least one squad.”
The old adage ‘always the bridesmaid, never the bride’ has perhaps never been more appropriate and Noble will no doubt feel cheated that he never got to wear the famous England shirt at senior level.
But when you look at the midfield talent that has played during his career, even the most staunch West Ham fan has to admit that he isn’t as good as them.
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, a former Hammer himself, are the first two who immediately spring to mind and having Michael Carrick dictate the game behind them leaves little room for anyone to barge their way in.
Maybe in the early to mid-2010s he could have picked up a cap or two with Gareth Barry playing a lot of games and even Wayne Rooney dropping into midfield towards the end of his career.
But his lack of international recognition has meant that we’ve been able to enjoy him all to ourselves and it has been a fabulous era that is sadly coming to an end this month.
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