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´Improving´ Noble targets England call-up

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is hoping to force his way into the England squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The 25-year-old midfielder, an Upton Park youth product, has helped the newly promoted West Ham to 10th position in the English Premier League after five games and was rewarded on Tuesday for his recent run of form with a new three-year deal.

And Noble, who has represented his country at all youth levels, insists that his primary goal is now to graduate to the senior national side, who take on San Marino and Poland in upcoming qualifiers.

“That’s my aim. I’m still only 25,” the West Ham vice-captain told reporters.

“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.

“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.”

Noble feels that he has enjoyed a new lease of life ever since West Ham boss Sam Allardyce gave him a new role of screening the back four.

“I like it there,” he said.

“In fact, I was told about ProZone stats the other day that showed I made more tackles than anyone else in the Premier League.”

Sun 30 September, 2012
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