Photo: Carlton Cole star cannot hide his love for Mark Noble

The duo played together at West Ham United since 2006 until Carlton Cole's departure in 2015.

Despite being just 28, Mark Noble will have his services for West Ham United honoured at the Boleyn Ground on Monday as the midfielder prepares for his testimonial.

Noble might be disappointed that he is available for the match, having been overlooked by England yet again, but Hammers stars of the past and present will compete in the jovial encounter next week.

One such player is Carlton Cole, who had been at the same club as the guest of honour for nine years following his move from Chelsea in 2006.

And the 32-year-old is relishing the chance to link up with Noble again for his big day on Monday.


It will be a jovial occasion, of course, but manager Slaven Bilic will be hoping Noble comes through the match unscathed.against a West Ham all-star XI.

This is because the Hammers are one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the race for Champions League qualification, and an FA Cup quarter-final with Manchester United looms next month.

Bilic will need his best players to achieve one, if not both, of those things - and Noble is certainly one of his strongest performers.

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