Mark Noble shared why he didn’t let Said Benrahma take the penalty for West Ham during our 6-2 pre-season friendly win against Celtic on Saturday, when speaking to

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Noble, 34, is entering his final season as a Hammers player.

There will not be a dry eye in the place when he eventually makes his final appearance for West Ham.

The Canning Town midfielder has been with the Hammers since he was just 13 and has made 526 appearances in all competitions for the East London outfit.

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Mark Noble explains Said Benrahma penalty snub (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

He will be hoping to get close to 550 by the time he’s finished at the London Stadium.

Noble has looked in fine fettle during our pre-season games so far this season.


The 34-year-old scored from the spot against Celtic at the weekend.

Mark Noble explains Said Benrahma penalty snub

The experienced West Ham ace told how he originally planned to let Benrahma take the penalty against the Hoops but changed his mind:

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Said Benrahma scored against Celtic despite being snubbed for a chance from the spot earlier on in the game (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“Do you know what? It actually went through my head in the game and I was going to let Said take the penalty as I’m not too worried about pre-season games, but then I thought ‘No, actually, at Celtic Park I want to take it myself!’.”

Benrahma, 25, ended up scoring against Celtic anyway, so hopefully he will get an injection of confidence from that.

When Mark Noble is not he pitch, he will always be our penalty taker. His record of 38 scored from 42 taken has to be one of the best in the game over the past 15 years.

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If Noble isn’t playing, however, perhaps Benrahma will be given the responsibility from the penalty spot this season.

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