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Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Irish ready to nab Noble from under Hodgson’s nose
Just a few lads having the craic
exclusion of Mark Noble from the England set up took a new turn today with
speculation in the Irish Daily Mirror that the new management team for the
Republic of Ireland, Martin ‘Earnest-person’ O’Neill and Roy ‘Cuddly’ Keane,
are looking at trying to persuade the Hammers star to opt for the Republic.
West Ham fans have
become increasingly perturbed as midfield maestro Mark Noble continues to be
overlooked for England duty despite his consistently excellent performances as
one of the few English-born midfielders in the Premiership and history of
impressive contribution at underage level to the England set up. Moreover, the
industrious Noble is consistently at the top of statistical ratings in respect
of ground covered per game and goal scoring opportunities created by a
Given the shortage of
midfield talent in the current Irish squad, Noble would be a massive capture
and would undoubtedly find himself in much demand rather than waiting for a
sympathy call up from the myopic-minded Hodgson. Noble continues to be
overlooked in favour of a variety of unknown kids and past-it geriatrics like
Gerrard and the evergreen FFL.
VerywestHam met with Noble during the Hammers fabulous
preseason tour to Ireland and, ironically, to Cork – apparently the birthplace of
Mark’s grandmother, making him uber-eligible for the Irish National side. We took
the opportunity to question Mark about a possible Irish call up but he opted to
stay silent on the matter, raising our suspicions that it is to the forefront
of his thoughts! No doubt the prospect of having some away days in the company
of Joey O’Brien, Stephen Henderson and former Hammer, Robbie Keane would appeal
given that European football is likely to elude the stuttering Hammers again
Ah Go On, ah go on, Ah Go On!!!!
A representative close to the Irish Football Association of
Ireland remarked, ‘we’ve been waiting to get revenge for the whole Rooney
business – bloody mad that he was allowed to play for England given his obvious
Irishness – and then there’s Kevin Nolan with the bloody map of Ireland written
all over his face and his talents wasted on a country that wouldn’t even be
bothered to give him a run out even when he was at his peak!’
Suspiciously Irish looking
Other Irish sources confirmed that they consider both ‘Morrison’
and ‘Carroll’ to be naturally Irish surnames, and that James Collins looks just like your average farmer from Roscommon.