By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Mark Noble has claimed he is in the form of his life after West Ham came within a late Sergio Aguero goal of claiming another major Premier League scalp.
Slaven Bilic’s team have beaten a number of the elite top-flight teams this season and nearly did so again on Saturday evening only to draw 2-2 against Manchester City.
An Enner Valencia double had twice put West Ham in front at Upton Park, but on each occasion Aguero levelled the scores.
Noble produced another fine display in central midfield and revealed afterwards that he is keen for his form to be rewarded with an England call-up.
Responding to a question from former England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce on Saturday night, the long-serving West Ham midfielder, 28, told Sky Sports: “I feel great. We’ve got a good team and some great players around me. You’re right, I definitely feel as if I’m in the best form of my career. It’s a pleasure to play every week with the players that we’ve got.
“You’ve coached me, you know me, I give 100 per cent in every training session and every game. You never know, if that happens, it does. We’re going well at West Ham, it’s thoroughably enjoyable.
“Obviously, every young English boy dreams of playing for the national team and I’ve still got that goal in my life.”
West Ham climbed to within one point of fifth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League as they reached 36 points, while City leapfrogged Arsenal to reach second in the table.