After bagging five Premier League goals this season – the same amount as the Sergio Aguero, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov – there are definite rumblings that Kevin Nolan should be considered for a place in the England squad.
Banging that particular drum harder than an irate Ringo Starr is West Ham vice-chairman and The Apprentice minion Karren Brady.
It’s not unusual to have club officials highlight their players’ form in the press in a bid to grab the attention of the Three Lions boss, but this time Brady has gone one further – taking the direct approach of sending Roy Hodgson five DVDs of Kevin Nolan.
Mark Noble has also made the final edit but Andy Carroll remains on the cutting room floor. Writing in The Sun, Brady said:
“The measure of Sam Allardyce as a manager is he recognised Kevin Nolan from previous connections as the man to replace Parker, 32, in that role. Spurs are suffering from the long absence of Parker with an Achilles heel injury, while 30-year-old Nolan is thriving with us. Sam is also bringing a lot more out of Mark Noble. Are you watching, Roy Hodgson? Just to be sure I’ve sent you five DVDs.”
It’s perhaps unlikely but we quite enjoy the image of Brady up until all hours sliding around clips of Nolan on Final Cut pro, perhaps adding an uplifting burst of Sigur Ros underneath and deliberating on whether including the chicken dance celebration would help or hinder selection chances.
With Leon Osman being awarded his first cap at the age of 31 against Sweden last week, there appears every chance that 30-year-old Nolan may not have missed the boat just yet.