Adrian hails leadership qualities of this West Ham star

Adrian

The Hammers goalkeeper says the club's players all see Mark Noble as the "number one".

West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian has told the club's official website that Mark Noble is the man that all other players in the squad look up to and hailed the 28-year-old as a true leader.

Hammers skipper Noble has been granted a testimonial to take place on Monday in recognition of his 12 years of service for the club since making his senior debut in 2004.

Former Irons heroes such as Paolo Di Canio, Rio Ferdinand, and Michael Carrick will turn out for a West Ham All-Stars XI against a team made up of current members of the West Ham squad to honour the man who has made over 350 appearances for the club.

Ahead of the event, Spanish goalkeeper Adrian has hailed the leadership qualities of Noble both on and off the pitch, and called his captain "the number one West Ham player".

The 29-year-old told the club's official website: "It’s an amazing achievement for Mark that he has spent many, many years at this one club. He’s a great captain for us and a great leader in the dressing room. He’s an amazing person off the pitch, too.

"Mark has a great impact on all the younger players. Of him, they see the number one West Ham player because he has done it all before.

"Like a great captain, when I had a confrontation with [Mario] Balotelli, Mark came over to me saying: “You are crazy! We are winning!” but that was a great thing for a captain to do."

The impressive form of both Noble and an individual and West Ham as a team led to many players and pundits tipping the midfielder for a first call-up to the England senior squad.

However, Noble was overlooked by Roy Hodgson and the man himself admitted on Thursday that he cannot see himself forcing his way into the manager's plans for Euro 2016.

Noble has been the leader and heartbeat of Slaven Bilic's Hammers side this season which has risen to the verge of qualifying for the Champions League and currently sits in fifth place, just one point off a spot in the Premier League top four.

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