Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 10°C

Five-day forecast

Is West Ham’s Noble a better bet for England than current squad?

Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle and Mark Noble of West Ham. Photo credit: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO. Hatem Ben Arfa of Newcastle and Mark Noble of West Ham. Photo credit: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
9:55 AM

Hammers midfielder Mark Noble showed at Newcastle on Sunday why he should be in the running for an England squad place

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

In a week where the likes of Leon Osman and Tom Huddlestone have been drafted into the England squad, while even the virtues of 30-year-old Kevin Nolan are being extolled, there seems to be one glaring omission.

Mark Noble is still only 25 and has represented the national team at every level from under-16 to under-21 and yet West Ham’s current longest-serving player is conspicuous by his absence from the squad to face Sweden this week.

The West Ham midfielder was at his very best at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. With Mo Diame alongside him, the Canning Town-born player helped run the show and provided the cross that led to Kevin Nolan’s winning goal.

It was a victory that delighted Noble.

“It’s a great result,” he said. “Coming to Newcastle is always hard, but the three points are massive for us.

“The lads have done incredible and some of the defensive play was unbelievable.

“Obviously it was a big pitch out there! I enjoyed it as I had loads of the ball and created a lot of stuff so I’m over the moon. I was playing against some top players in there like Cabaye so I enjoyed it.”

Noble was the star of the show in midfield, but he was more keen to extol the virtues of the rest of the side.

“James Tomkins has come in and played at centre half for the first time this year and he was fantastic, as were ‘Reidy’ and George McCartney. Joey O’Brien has had to play in two different positions and he’s a top footballer,” said Noble.

“It’s been a great day for us and we’re buzzing.”

Noble has been instrumental in West Ham’s start to the season, but he now wants to make sure that the run continues.

“We just have to keep doing what we have been doing. We can’t get carried away because we will get punished. If we play like did on Sunday and at QPR away and like we have been doing at home, we can have a top season.”

If he carries on like this, England could have another top midfielder as well.

Share this article

0 comments

   Local advertisers

More West Ham articles

Local Search 24
Looking for a:
Location:
Search radius:
Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Newham Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Newham businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Newham Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Around the Web See all