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West Ham duo deserve England call, says Slaven Bilic

first_img1 Mark Noble Slaven Bilic says West Ham duo Aaron Cresswell and Mark Noble should be playing for England.Neither of the Hammers pair have been capped by the Three Lions and look unlikely to be included in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016.But Bilic claims left-back Cresswell and midfielder Noble have been as good as any players in their respective positions this season and deserve international recognition.“I was manager of a national team for six years,” said former Croatia boss Bilic. “People would say this and that from the other clubs, and I didn’t mind it, but I don’t like to interfere like that.“But what I can say is that I haven’t seen many midfielders who are having a better season than Mark Noble is having.“And it’s not only Mark Noble. I haven’t seen a better left-back than Aaron Cresswell. So they should at least be mentioned.”Noble will lead West Ham out against Norwich at Carrow Road for his 24th Premier League start of the campaign.The Hammers, who won a thrilling FA Cup replay against Liverpool after extra time on Tuesday night, will be looking to get their European push back on track following last week’s defeat at Southampton.Norwich, by contrast, have lost their last five matches to slip into the relegation zone.West Ham lost three key players – Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien and Cheikhou Kouyate – to injuries against the Reds and are still without James Tomkins, Manuel Lanzini and Diafra Sakho.Bilic said: “It’s a big blow but I think we are going to put a strong team out. We have enough players.“We lost our last league game at Southampton and we have a good game to bounce back.“To stay up there we need to get something out of the game. Norwich lost five in a row but five games ago they were in a good situation.“They had a good transfer window. They are fighting and they need a result like crazy so I expect a tough game. But we are confident and if we play like we did against Liverpool we will have a good chance.”last_img

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