England manager Roy Hodgson likened Mark Noble to Norwich legend Grant Holt in his press conference on Friday.
The West Ham skipper has been tipped for a Three Lions call-up, but he has been repeatedly overlooked, despite impressive performances for Slaven Bilic’s side this season.
The 68-year-old has been criticised for not calling 30-year-old Noble up for the double-header against Germany and Holland.
Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater has been rewarded for his displays this term, but Noble has all-but given up hope on making the Euro 2016 squad.
Hodgson said: “The fact is there are are always two or three players in the news who many people would like to be selected or are better than the players I have selected, that is the nature of my job.
“I have said on many occasions that I refuse to close doors and I refuse to rule people out. Having said that, we have a lot of players who over the last two years have worked very hard to establish themselves as England players.
“Those who are on the outside, still looking to get in, have got to convince me I’m better off leaving out a player I have been working with to make space.
“We have only got 23 places, 20 outfield players, we can’t unfortunately cap every player who has had a good season for his club. Before the World Cup it was Grant Holt, so there is always somebody.”