West Ham’s Kevin Nolan: I deserve England call-up

The Hammers' captain has had a successful career in the Premier League and thinks his consistent form now merits an opportunity to show what he can do at international level
West Ham United captain Kevin Nolan believes he deserves the chance to represent his country and show what he can do at international level.

Despite a long career in the top flight with Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and the Hammers, Nolan is yet to receive any national team honours.

And after 31-year-old Everton midfielder Leon Osman received a surprise call-up to Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions set-up for the friendly against Sweden on Wednesday, there remains a chance that the West Ham midfielder could be considered in upcoming games, although Nolan remains philosophical about his prospects.

“It does hurt I haven’t got one [England cap] I must admit, and it does hurt a bit, but it is something I have got to live with and I’m a big boy,” the 30-year-old Liverpudlian told reporters.

“I don’t know what more I can do to be quite honest. I’ve scored goals consistently for a number of years, I dropped down a division but consistently scored goals down there.

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“I think I have at least deserved a call-up and a chance to prove myself at that level.”

Nolan has been in impressive form for his club following their return to England’s top flight this season.

Under the management of Sam Allardyce - with whom Nolan enjoyed a lengthy and successful association at Bolton - the Upton Park club have adapted to life in the Premier League far better than fellow promoted sides Southampton and Reading. The Hammers currently sit ninth in the table ahead of their visit to another of Nolan’s former clubs, Newcastle, on Sunday.