Mark Noble has achieved more as a footballer than he ever dreamed was possible, but the West Ham skipper is already looking forward to a kickabout with his mates when he retires from the professional game at the end of next season.
“At the end of the day, it’s a game of football that we love,” he says. “And I think you should be playing as much football as you can.
“I’ll probably still play when I’m finished (at West Ham). I’d love to go and have a kickabout with my mates. I’ve never been able to do it because you’re always worried about getting injured because you’ve got training the next day or a big game on the Saturday.
“But, for sure, when I finish I’ll enjoy having a kick around with my mates, going to the park and having a laugh, you know. And I think after having a career like I’ve had and playing for 20 years, that will be enjoyable for me.
“I’ve got my mates still playing for Sunday league teams. Some of them aren’t actually bad footballers. I’m looking forward to just being able to say, ‘You know what, I fancy a kick about.’ I’m hoping I’ve still got that competitive edge even when I’m retired. I’m sure it never leaves you as a footballer.”
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