West Ham United captain Mark Noble took over the official club’s twitter page yesterday to answer questions from the Hammers fans across the world.
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Noble, who has made 375 Premier League appearances for the Hammers, posted a video on Twitter to encourage fans to ask questions they wanted the answers to; and it created plentiful engagement.
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There are many young talents across the world that are attracting attention for all the right reasons, and when asked for his top three youngsters, Noble said: “[Kylian] Mbappe, Alphonso Davies and [Erling] Haaland.”
As well as general questions like the one above, the 32-year-old was not afraid to answer personal questions on his past footballing experiences.
With Noble approaching the back end of career as a player, one fan was curious to find out what his plans are following retirement, and the Hammers skipper provided a transparent answer. He said: “Probably a bit of punditry at times.
“At the minute no plans to become a manager, but you never know.”
There was one reply in particular that generated ample amounts of engagement across social media. Noble was asked the famous question of who was better between Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Paul Scholes and he replied: “Trust me when I say you only realise how good a player is when you play against them.
“All three were top, top players in their own right, but all round player, Steven Gerrard was the complete footballer.”
Former Hammer Jimmy Walker also took the time to ask the skipper a question. He asked: “What was going through your mind when you were about to dive off the high board in Sweden and Alan Pardew came round the corner as the whole pool was clapping you on?”
And of course, Noble replied in hilarious fashion. He said: “On pre-season in Sweden and we were supposed to be relaxing after training.
“Me, Teddy [Sheringham] and Whacker went swimming, I got caught by Pardew with an ice-cream in my hand on the 10 metre board with the whole pool clapping and shouting ‘easy, easy, easy’.
“Pardew was a top fella and actually found it quite funny!”
Noble has played with and against many footballers over the years, and the Hammers skipper revealed the best players he has played alongside are Dimitri Payet and Carlos Tevez, while Gerrard was his toughest opponent.
As for the England midfielder’s favourite moment in a claret and blue shirt, he said: “Easy. The last ever game at the Boleyn [Ground].
“It will stay with me forever.”