By Will Butcher
Robert Earnshaw believes West Ham captain Mark Noble should be in the England squad.
The uncapped midfield star has been regularly overlooked by the Three Lions, despite making 20 appearances for England’s Under-21 side between 2007 and 2009.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily show on Wednesday, Earnshaw claimed that it is “weird” that Noble is consistently overlooked for a place in the national side.
“When are they going to give him England caps? His form for West Ham has been excellent,” Earnshaw said. “But for some reason he is overlooked by England.
“It’s weird. Your country should pick your best and most in-form players and Noble has been playing a lot better than some of the other midfielders in England’s squad.”
Despite captaining the Hammers for more than a year under manager Slaven Bilic, the 29-year-old midfielder is behind the likes of Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Danny Drinkwater and Jack Wilshere.
However, Noble has been in superb form at the base of the Hammers midfield this season. His defensive cover has been pivotal in the six clean sheets kept by the east London outfit.
In the last two games, Noble has also provided the winning goal from the penalty spot as West Ham earned back-to-back 1-0 wins against Hull and Burnley.
His recent form could finally see him named in the England squad by manager Gareth Southgate, as the newly appointed manager casts his eye over potential talent for his squad to face Germany in a friendly and Lithuania in March.
Since his Hammers debut in 2004 against Southend in the League Cup, Noble has made 391 league and cup appearances in claret and blue.
In other West Ham news, Bilic could be given the green light to make a move for this £56million striker.