The longstanding saga of Mark Noble's international allegiance looks like it will finally be settled over the coming weeks as rumours gather that the West Ham midfielder, bizarrely overlooked by the myopic England football manager Roy Hodgson, will finally get the full international call up that he so craves.
Noble has been patiently putting in the hours while less able midfielders (insert any of England's midfield from the past 3 years) have been honored with the opportunity to wear the three lions. Rather than letting his continued non-selection get to him, Mark heads to the water where he has spent most of the free time that comes with the all too frequent International breaks.
All of this practice has propelled Noble into the limelight for a place on the England squad where it is expected that he will be a shoe in for a place on the England Carp Fishing Team who are presently licking their wounds after finishing a disappointing 18th out of 20 finalists at the recent world championships!
Never mind lads, at least that's better than the Noble-less Soccer team did at the recent world cup.
P.S. Mark, the fishing in Ireland is sensational. I'm sure Martin O'Neill would allow you some time out between training to try out the rod in Irish waters.