Declan Rice raved about his West Ham teammate Mark Noble, when speaking on the Super 6 Podcast with Laura Woods and Adebayo Akinfenwa.
The 21-year-old has worn the captain’s armband during the 33-year-old Hammers legend’s absence. And he has done a fine job.
Noble is still an incredibly important figure at the London Stadium. The experienced midfielder still has a pivotal role to play for David Moyes.
Rice will be learning so much from the West Ham skipper as he continues to forge a career for himself at the very highest level of the game.
The 13-capped England international explained just how close he is to Noble, when speaking on the Super 6 Podcast:
“Nobes has been there and done it more than anyone. To be training with him since I was 16…I want him to stay around forever, because he’s someone you need. I can pick the phone up to him whenever I want. He’s like a proud Dad. He was texting my Dad when I was playing for England the other night. What captain texts another player’s Dad!”
Noble has been an incredible servant for West Ham. Since making his senior debut in 2004, the 33-year-old has gone on to make 507 appearances for the Hammers.
He is 7th on the all-time appearance list for the east London outfit.
Nobes is undoubtedly a West Ham legend. Let’s just hope that he takes up a coaching role at the London Stadium whenever he decides to hang up his boots.