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West Ham midfielder Soucek hails skipper Noble for reaching 400 games

West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek hailed skipper Mark Noble for reaching 400 games with the club.

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

Soucek told the London Evening Standard: "I remember Mark when I was in my childhood many years ago.

"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."

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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