Tomas Soucek hails West Ham captain Mark Noble after 400th Premier League appearance

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<p>Mark Noble made his 400th Premier League appearance against Leicester</p> (Getty Images)

Mark Noble made his 400th Premier League appearance against Leicester

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Tomas Soucek has hailed Mark Noble after the West Ham captain made his 400th Premier League appearance for the club.

The Hammers skipper has stepped up and delivered in the absence of Declan Rice, who is nursing a knee ligament injury.

Noble, who has confirmed that next season will be his 18th and last as a West Ham player, has put in two assured displays against Wolves and Leicester having played a bit-part role in West Ham's remarkable season up until now.

And Soucek - who remembers watching Noble play for the Hammers when growing up as a child in the Czech Republic - says his captain has showed his class of late.

"I remember Mark when I was in my childhood many years ago," said Soucek.

"I am happy that I met him here because he is a nice guy and a good player as well. The last two games he has showed his quality again and 400 games for one team is an incredible number.

"It is great to achieve this number, I only wish him all the best and I hope he will be ready and not injured for this game."

Noble was forced off against Leicester after taking a whack to his elbow when blocking a shot on the edge of the box but is expected to be fit for Saturday's trip to Newcastle.

Asked about his landmark, Noble told Match of the Day: “I think there are only six or seven players who have done it at one club. I’m very proud for me and my family. Stuck here through the tough times, we’ve had many of them, and the good times.

“Next season will be my last so I am hoping we can do it in style and play European football.”

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