Mark Noble wants to raise the curtain on his West Ham career with European glory.
The Hammers club captain is set to start against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night at the start of West Ham’s first-ever Europa League group stage campaign, in what is his 18th and final season at the club.
With his Premier League playing time limited these days by the form of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek, 34 noble is desperate to take his chance on the mainland, especially with 2,000 West Ham fans making the trip to Croatia.
The longtime midfielder said: “It’s an incredible opportunity. It’s been three or four months of excitement, waiting for the draw, and we’re here now with a full squad, everyone’s ready to go and play, so we’re well prepared and really excited about all.
“My main goal this season is to make sure we have a good Premier League season, I hope to progress through the Europa League group stages and end my playing career at West Ham on a high note.
“Being in this competition last year was fantastic and once you get into a competition the goal is to win it – and I don’t see why we can’t do it.
“The main objective is to win and hopefully we can put on a show for our traveling fans.”
Noble saw it all during his time in East London; relegations, victories in play-offs, defeats in the cup final, buyouts, stadium moves and managerial upheavals.
But he feels under Moyes David, the club can finally start to lay the foundations to aim even higher than the Europa League.
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‘Highs and lows’
“I’ve seen ups and downs,” he smiles. “But we’ve actually had two really solid years.
“If you look at the Everton manager’s team it was strong and could compete in every game and that’s how we are now.
“I think if we can do what we’ve been doing in the last couple of years and build on it – this year the Europa League is fantastic – but why can’t we go further and keep going. ‘before ?
“We now have a much better base and I hope we will continue to improve. “
Moyes is set to make further changes with new signing Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic, Alphonse Areola and Alex Kral all set for full debuts.
But Moyes has confirmed that Michail Antonio is considering starting after the Southampton striker’s red card gave him a forced rest against Manchester United on Sunday.
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