Mark Noble set to decide international future

The West Ham United midfielder will 'make a decision over the next few weeks' about playing for Ireland after his agent spoke to Boys in Green boss Martin O'Neill
West Ham United midfielder Mark Noble has admitted that he will make a decision over his international future 'over the next few weeks' after being approached by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill.

The 27-year-old was overlooked for Roy Hodgson's most recent England squad, and could be in line for a switch to the Boys in Green through his Cork-born grandparents. Speaking to Goals on Sunday, Noble expressed his disappointment at not making the England squad, especially given some of the other names included.

"With the players retired - Gerrard and Lampard – you think you’re going to get a chance. I’m sure Jack Colback and Fabian Delph thought the same thing, though,” Noble revealed.

“My nan and grandad are full Irish. I’ve captained the England Under-21s but I’m still young. I tried to concentrate on the game yesterday and I was disappointed not to be called up for England."

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has approached Noble about playing for the Boys in Green, with the Londoner set to decide his future in the coming weeks.

“My agent spoke to him," Noble admitted. "I’d find it strange to pull on the green jersey because I’ve captained the England under-21s but you never know, football is a strange game, and I’ll make a decision over the next couple of weeks."