West Ham star: I exchanged texts with Allardyce earlier in the summer

By Tom Blackburn

West Ham captain Mark Noble says he hasn’t been in touch with Sam Allardyce since he was appointed England manager.

The former West Ham boss was officially named England manager on in mid-July, with the 61-year-old leaving his duties at Sunderland to take on the so-called ‘impossible job’.

In an interview with the London Evening Standard, Noble said he was speaking to Allardyce at the end of last season but contact has since dwindled.

“It’s always on,” he replied when asked if he will be keeping his phone on in case Allardyce gets in touch. “We had a couple of texts at the end of last season when he kept Sunderland up and I had my testimonial.

“Sam sent me a nice message and I sent one at the end of last season just saying ‘congrats on keeping them up and hope you are going to have a good summer’ – I didn’t expect it to be quite this good, but I suppose he has.”

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Noble accumulated 20 Under-21 caps at the beginning of his career but is yet to receive full honours despite calls from the West Ham fans to reward his domestic performances.

The West Ham captain led out his side at the clubs first ever game at the London Stadium, as the Hammers beat NK Domzale 3-0 in their Europa League qualifier.

Allardyce managed Noble at the West Ham between 2011-2015 and his appointment is surely Noble’s best opportunity to become a part of the England set-up.

The new England manager will face his first test when the national side take on minnows Malta in a World Cup qualifier in October.

In other West Ham news, a medical has been booked as the Hammers look set to secure a landmark deal.