West Ham United Midfielder Mark Noble has reminded Roy Hodgson that he is available for selection and has called on the England manager to consider giving him his first opportunity at full international level.
Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Southampton saw West Ham’s winning streak extended to four games and moved the Hammers up to 10th in the Premier League table. Having looked odds on for the drop just over a month ago they now look secure in mid-table and much of the credit for that change in fortune should go to Noble and his midfield colleagues.
“I think I am playing the best football of my career right now as far as my all-round game is concerned – winning back the ball, starting us off to play,” said the 26 year old who is hoping that his fine run of form will be recognised with an England call up. “To be picked for my country is my ultimate goal, as it should be with any English player,” he added.
Noble captained the England under-21’s to the final of the 2009 European Championship but he has so far failed to make the step up to the full squad, with the Hammers’ relegation in 2011 clearly not helping his cause. Now West Ham’s longest serving current player is hopeful that his contribution will be recognised and he intends to keep working hard and force his way into Hodgson’s thinking.
“All I can do, though, is go out there every week and in training and try my hardest,” Noble said. “Roy Hodgson hasn’t spoken to me, but I will carry on enjoying what I do, working hard for the team and all being well one day I will get my chance.”
Fans of Premier League betting will be keen to see if West Ham’s fine run continues when they face Everton next weekend. With the Toffees having slipped up over recent weeks those who enjoy a bet on football could get good value if they back Allardyce’s side to win on the road.