'Improving' Noble aims for England call

The Hammers midfielder is hoping that his Premier League form, which he feels is better than ever, will boost his chances of realising his dream of playing for his country
West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is hoping to force his way into the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

The 25-year-old midfielder, an Upton Park youth product, has helped the newly promoted Hammers to 10th position in the Premier League after five games and was rewarded on Tuesday for his recent run of form with a new three-year deal.

And Noble, who has represented his country at all youth levels, insists that his primary goal is now to graduate to the senior national side.

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"That's my aim. I'm still only 25," the Londoners' vice-captain told reporters.

"The football I'm playing at the minute, I'm hoping that I can carry on improving, because mentally and physically I'm two or three times better a player than I was two, three years ago.

"The form that I've been in lately, I'm still hoping to get into that squad. If I carry on playing the way I am, hopefully it'll happen sooner rather than later."

Noble feels that he has enjoyed a new lease of life ever since West Ham boss Sam Allardyce gave him a new role of screening the back four.

"I like it there," he enthused. "In fact, I was told about ProZone stats the other day that showed I made more tackles than anyone else in the Premier League."