Singer/songwriter and former Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, James Smith, has named Mark Noble as the one player he idolised while growing up as a West Ham fan.
The East Londoner has been a Hammer is entire life and started supporting the club around the time Carlos Tevez joined the club.
Smith was speaking on the We Are West Ham Podcast earlier this week, where he discussed all things West Ham and also spoke about the release of his latest single, Got The Love, and his current plans for a debut album.
And the musician named Tevez, Teddy Sheringham and Noble as the three players he particularly enjoyed watching when growing up, but he saved his most gushing comments for Mr. West Ham himself.
Noble has been a mainstay since his debut back in 2004 and has made almost 550 first-team appearances since then, although he announced last year that this current season will be his last before hanging up his boots.
And Smith told the We Are West Ham Podcast that, while he has a lot of love for Tevez and Sheringham, his love for Noble is unrivaled, while he also revealed that his Mum used to babysit the Hammers skipper when he was younger.
Smith said: “Around the time I started fully getting into it was the Tevez squad. Tevez was like, I loved him.
“But also, Teddy Sheringham was like a big name in my family. We used to love Teddy.
“And then also, my Mum used to babysit Mark Noble. I know obviously, everyone loves Mark Noble, he’s definitely a bit of an idol for me. For how long he’s been in the squad and stuff, he really carries himself well, he carries the team.
“So those three, they’ve been my favourite players for sure. And then in the new squad, I’m loving Antonio. I’m loving him!
“I’m just praying he doesn’t get injured.”