Roy Hodgson draws the ire of fans after his comments [Tweets]

England manager Roy Hodgson gave a very weird explanation for not selecting West Ham midfielder Mark Noble for the Three Lions squad.

Speaking ahead of the friendly with Germany, Hodgson called Noble the flavour of the month and compared him to former Norwich striker Grant Holt.

Hodgson said: “The fact is there are are always two or three players that are in the news that many people would like to be selected or are better than the players I have selected, that is the nature of my job. I have said on many occasions that I refuse to close doors, and I refuse to rule people out.

“Having said that, we have a lot of players who over the last two years have worked very hard to establish themselves as England players. Those who are on the outside, still looking to get in, have got to convince me I’m better off leaving out a player I have been working with to make space.

“We have only got 23 places, 20 outfield players, we can’t unfortunately cap every player who has had a good season for his club. Before the World Cup it was Grant Holt so there is always somebody.”

Clearly his comments didn’t go down well with fans, especially those of West Ham:

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