Pearce backs Noble for England

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 25th July 2016

Former Hammer Stuart Pearce believes that Mark Noble could finally be set to win his first England cap.

Pearce, who represented West Ham between 1999 and 2001 was manager of the England Under 21s when Noble was part of a very successful squad. And he believes the United skipper is a good bet for selection following the u veiling of Sam Allardyce as the new England boss.

"If you are asking me to throw a name out that has got good international experience and who has not been near a squad yet, then I would say Mark Noble," Pearce told Sky Sports.

"He knows him first hand from West Ham. And he may be a touch better as an international midfielder, in regard to game management and that sort of thing, than he is as a Premier League player.

"He has a vast amount of experience, he leads West Ham, he has been captain for a number of years and as I say, he is a top kid that is desperate to play for England.

"So he may be one if Sam has seen something in him at West Ham and the fact that Sam has worked with him on a daily basis might be a plus for Mark."

Noble, now 29, has represented England at youth level from Under 16 through to Under 21, but is yet to receive a single full international cap. He was captain of the Under 21s who finished runners-up to Germany in the 2009 European Championships.

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