By Tom Blackburn
West Ham fans have taken to Twitter to congratulate Michail Antonio on an England call up, but questioned why Mark Noble isn’t involved.
New boss Sam Allardyce has named his first squad as England manager, as the nation prepare to take on Slovakia in a World Cup Qualifier.
Antonio joined West Ham from Nottingham Forest in September 2015, but began his career in non-league football with Tooting and Mitcham United.
“I think he’s in outstanding form,” Allardyce told the FA website. “This is another lad with a great journey – it’s a fantastic journey that he’s been on, from non-league to now an international call-up.
“He scored nine goals in his first season and he’s a terrific athlete, a good crosser and a goalscorer.”
However, there is still no place in the squad for the Hammers captain Mark Noble, who some expected to be included with former West Ham boss Allardyce at the helm.
— Claret and Hugh (@ClaretandH) August 28, 2016
If Cresswell was fit and Noble was inform both would easily make it into the England team 👌🏻 so proud of Michail tho xxx
— ENNER_OUT (@TylerWHU_) August 28, 2016
— Billy Boy ✌️ (@BillyBoyHere) August 28, 2016
The only reason people are saying Antonio is a 'surprise' is because he plays for West Ham. Anyone who watches football knows he deserves it
— West_Ham_COYI (@West_Ham_COYI) August 28, 2016
— Dan Shrouder (@DanShrouder) August 28, 2016
Antonio picked for England……make room on that treatment table 😂
No seriously well done MA it's deserved
— ⚒⚒Tony⚒⚒coyi⚒⚒ (@panthersnake77) August 28, 2016
— ⚒nick wallace⚒ (@nwallace5) August 28, 2016
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