England call not expected by Noble

24 Mar

Mark Noble hopes his West Ham testimonial season ends with success but is not expecting an England call-up for Euro 2016.


West Ham: England call not expected by NobleWest Ham: England call not expected by Noble

The Hammers are fifth in the Barclays Premier League, in contention for Champions League qualification and face Manchester United in an FA Cup quarter-final replay.

Should Slaven Bilic’s men reach Europe’s elite or lift a trophy, captain Noble will be ecstatic.

“If half of that happens I’ll be doing ‘Klinsmanns’ across my kitchen,” said Noble, referring to the dives named after the former Germany striker.

The 28-year-old will be honoured for his lengthy and distinguished service at West Ham with a testimonial in front of a sold out, 35,000-crowd at Upton Park on Monday.

The match was scheduled during the international break, when England play Germany and Holland. Noble had been tipped for a call-up, but Roy Hodgson did not select him and the midfielder has given up on earning a place at this summer’s European Championship, but not on an international career beyond that.

“With all the speculation at one point it was a worry, but we always said it would be a good worry to have. It wasn’t meant to be,” added Noble, who made 20 England Under-21 appearances but is yet to feature in the senior side.

“For the Euros, probably yes (I have given up hope), but for England, I don’t give up. It’s not just about me. It’s about a lot of very, very good players and they’ve got a tournament to try to win in the summer.”

The testimonial will raise funds for three charities: Help for Heroes, which supports injured armed forces personnel; the Richard House Children’s Hospice, which provides care and respite to families and children with life-limiting illnesses; and, the DT38 Foundation, named after former West Ham player Dylan Tombides, who died aged 20 after testicular cancer and raises awareness of the disease.

“If we can help change one person’s life then it will all be worthwhile,” Noble added.

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