The Mark Noble for England saga took another bizarre twist today as it emerged that one young fan decided to go a step further than Captain Claret by actually turning out with the squad despite not having got the nod from Hodgson!
The kid obviously realised that being the Premiership's most consistent midfield performer over the past three years counts for little or nothing in the Hodgson era and opted instead to go for a more direct approach to getting into Hodgson's plans!
Dressed up in official training gear his presence was barely noticed by the England team - which perhaps says little for the skillset of the existing bunch! Happily no harm was done but he was escorted away from the playing area after a few shots on goal.
Apparently Hodgson suspected him of being in some way linked to West Ham.
Meanwhile, Andros Townsend, Jack Wilshire and a group of other imposters you've hardly ever heard of are still with the squad.