Ex-West Ham midfielder Gary O’Neil raved about Mark Noble, when speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, admitting that it baffles him that the 32-year-old has never earned an international cap for England.
The experienced Hammers ace made his debut for the east London outfit in 2004, and he has gone on to make over 470 appearances for the club.
Noble is already a club legend, but he still has plenty more years ahead of him to build on his legacy.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini obviously still regards the 32-year-old as one of his most important players.
He is club captain for a reason, and without him, the Hammers are definitely a weaker side.
O’Neil, who spent two years playing alongside Noble at West Ham, told talkSPORT how the fact that his former teammate has never played for England baffles him to this day:
“West Ham have got enough funds to replace anyone if they want too. So it’s not as if they’re playing Mark Noble on sentiment. They’re playing him because it’s a good thing for West Ham – without him they’re a weaker team. The one thing that will disappoint him is that he never got international recognition. You look at it and think to yourself, ‘how on earth has this guy never once played for his country’. It still baffles me a bit to be honest.”
Noble will still be very content with how his career has panned out, in spite of his England snub.
He is Mr West Ham. And there’s nothing he would love more than to lead his side to a major trophy before he hangs up his boots.