Sometimes life throws bouncers that you have no clue how to handle. You hear the weirdest things and try making sense out of it. Like for example, here we have Donald Trump running for President.
You wouldn’t have believed it if I told it to you five years ago, but here he is! And not only is he running for President, but he’s on track to canter away with the prize without even breaking a sweat!
Not to muddle in politics, but here we are, all members of the Barmy Army, not being able to make any sense out of one particular decision that Mr. Roy Hodgson has made. The former Fulham and Liverpool boss had a wealth of talent to choose from, and it’s not surprising that he’s decided to name a larger squad of 26 players before he submits the final 23 man squad before the 31st of May. If I was betting on England I’d have always expected Roy to ignore certain players.
Quite a few standout names are present on this list, Manchester United teenager Marcus Rashford being one. Other than him, we have Newcastle winger Andros Townsend, Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph whose inclusions were a bit surprising considering that both these lads did not make too many appearances this season. There is but one other eye-catching name on this list and it is unfortunate that this name stands out for all the wrong reasons. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been included in the 26 man squad, and we’re not sure why.
Roy has named a ton of midfielders and the country cannot help but wonder how he managed to leave out one certain individual, Mark Noble. Had Roy not named too many midfielders, we’d have understood the situation. But here he is, with nothing less than eight central midfielders (albeit of all varieties) in his provisional squad of 26. Admittedly, Andros Townsend cannot be compared to Noble, so I’ll leave him out of this. I am also willing to forget about Fabian Delph even though it pains me to accept that a bit part club player has been selected to play for his country. The former Villan has made 17 appearances this season but very rarely has he played 90 minutes.
And then finally, we have Jack Wilshere. This young man has made just three appearances after spending the entire season on the sidelines due to a broken calf bone. It’s been less than a month since he’s returned to fitness and he’s made his way back into the England squad!
Now let us compare messrs Delph and Wilshere to Mark Noble.
The diminutive midfielder has been a total beast for his club side and it’s impossible to understand why he was not selected, and to be more specific, how Wilshere and Delph were selected ahead of him. With 46 extremely important appearances to his name and seven goals and four assists to show for his efforts, Mark Noble is in the best form of his life. He played 37 of West Ham’s 38 league games and the Hammers success has been greatly fuelled by the performances of their captain.
If I were Mark Noble, I’d be infuriated at Roy Hodgson. And let’s face it, the West Ham number 16 may very well be angry at his national team’s manager at this point of time. Former Liverpool ‘keeper David James has already voiced his frustrations on this matter and I’m sure he’s not the only one bamboozled by Roy’s team selection ahead of the Euros.