Scott Parker has the highest praise for former midfield partner at West Ham

West Ham United Gate

The ex-Hammers star says club captain Mark Noble epitomises the club.

Former West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker has hailed the man he used to partner in the centre of midfield, Mark Noble, telling the Hammers' official website that the current captain epitomises the club.

Parker played alongside Noble for four years at the Irons, with the duo forming a combative and energetic partnership in the heart of the pitch and becoming firm fan favourites at Upton Park.

The 35-year-old left the club in 2011 following their relegation after playing 129 games for the club, and was named the Football Writers' Association player of the year in his final full season at the Irons.

In contrast, Noble has remained at his boyhood club throughout his career, racking up over 350 appearances and breaking the club record for most Premier League appearances.

The 28-year-old was awarded a testimonial in December, to be played later this month during the international break, and Parker insists he can think of no player more deserving of the recognition.

Parker told the club website: "I am pleased to say that Mark Noble has invited me back to play in his testimonial on 28 March and, if it is possible, I would love to be there to honour Mark, who is a fantastic player, a top man and someone who I did the running for, for four seasons!

"Nobes epitomises West Ham and it’s only fitting that he receives a testimonial in the final season at Upton Park."

Alongside flair players such as Dimitri Payet, Noble has been the heartbeat of Slaven Bilic's Hammers side this season, making 36 appearances in all competitions.

An ever-present for the Irons in the Premier League two seasons ago, he would be on course to repeat that feat in the current campaign were it not for a red card against Liverpool in August which saw him miss the following match.

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