Noble raises his sights for England role after settling West Ham future
21:30 GMT, 29 September 2012
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is
determined to make it a dream week and force his way into the England
squad being announced for the World Cup matches against San Marino and
Poland after signing a new long-term club deal.
Noble, 25, has been outstanding for West Ham so far and has emerged as one of the best holding midfielders in the top flight.
Local hero: West Ham's Mark Noble (right)
He has been locked in contract talks with the club throughout the summer but has now put pen to paper on a new three-year deal.
Prozone statistics recently showed Noble had made the most tackles in the Premier League and he is catching the eye of the England backroom staff.
Noble represented England at Under-21 level but he is now ready to make a breakthrough into the senior squad for the World Cup qualifiers next month.
Noble said: 'The form that I've been
in lately, I'm still hoping to get into that squad. If I carry on
playing the way I am, hopefully it'll happen sooner rather than later.
'That's my aim. I'm still only 25.
There's a lot of late additions to the England squad. The football I'm
playing at the minute, I'm hoping that I can carry on improving, because
mentally and physically I'm two or three times better a player than I
was two, three years ago. Hopefully, that can get me that call-up.'
West Ham are hoping to maintain their
impressive start to life back in the top flight when they face QPR on
Monday night and Noble can see big things happening for the east London
club over the next few years.
A decision is due to be made next
month over whether West Ham are still in the running to make a move to
the Olympic Stadium – something Noble would love to see happen.
'I know everyone loves Upton Park but
for the club to push on and grow I think it's important that we do make
that step and make it our home,' he said.