West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: My message to Roy Hodgson ahead of Euro 2016

2 May

Roy Hodgson has so far ignored the claims of the West Ham skipper, even though he’s having the best season of his one-club career.

Bilic blew Noble a kiss after watching his two superbly taken goals nudge his side closer to a Europa League place, then dipped into his own experience as Croatia boss to explain what Hodgson is missing out on.

“I was an international coach for six years and the national team is not about the 23 best players in one country,” he said.

“It’s also a team, especially in the big tournaments where they are together for six weeks. It needs atmosphere and everything – stars and lesser stars and all that.

“Mark is playing great. He could help England. There are no midfielders who are having a better season than he is – constantly from the first game at Arsenal.

“But he is also a great person. Not only today because he scored a couple of goals or whatever. It’s every day, every game, every training session. He is top class.”

West Ham fans were singing “too good for England” as Noble, whose consistent displays have been overshadowed by the genius of Dimitri Payet, first finished off Cheikh Kouyate’s pass and then hammered a fabulous first time volley from Andy Carroll’s cross.


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