In possibly the clearest message yet, England manager Roy Hodgson has communicated to Mark Noble that he should take up Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill's offer and declare for the Irish National side. In selecting the likes of Michael 'Is he still playing' Carrick and Theo ' i managed to survive a 15 minute run out for Arsenal last weekend' Walcott, he has possibly given the biggest insult to the perpetually in-form and high performing Hammers' dynamo.
In fact, insiders at VERYWESTHAM reckon that Cameroonian Alex Song and Senegalese Cheikidh Kouyate are more likely to get an England call up while Wicked Woy is at the helm. Despite being the best performer in the Premiership for a variety of key midfield parameters (distance covered, tackles made etc) as well as a ruthless penalty taker (a rare commodity in Team England over the years) he remains shunned and without a single full international cap.
Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland - birthplace of his grandparents, the much loved O'Nobles of Cork - are only too keen to bring him on board where a pairing with Scottish-born but parentally-qualifying James MacCarthy would give the Irish a midfield to reckon with! At 26 years old, it's time Mark moved on and realised the International future that his undoubted (apart from by Hodgson) ability deserves.
In other news, the Hammers are to open a new store in their Essex stronghold at Basildon - English home of VERYWESTHAM's Republic of Ireland stalwarts!