Mark Noble being covered in egg and flour was ‘payback’, says Jesse Lingard, who sheds further light on hilarious prank on West Ham’s birthday boy

There was something so incredibly heart-warming about seeing Mark Noble covered in flour at West Ham’s training ground on Saturday.

What a season it’s been for the Hammers, who are firmly in with a shout at finishing in the Champions League spots this season.

West Ham have upset the form book all season and European football is a genuine possibility
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Few could have predicted they’d be in this position at this stage a year ago when relegation from the top flight was feared.

Being in unfamiliar territory like this could increase the stress levels hugely, but the hilarious video that graced our social media feeds shows the players are absolutely loving life.

West Ham’s club captain celebrated his 34th birthday on Saturday and his teammates had a hilarious trick up their sleeves to make it a day to remember.

Noble was going gung-ho on a rowing machine at their training ground and as he recovered from the gruelling workout, he was covered in egg by a Hammers staff member before Jesse Lingard poured a full bag of flour all over him!

It appeared Noble was just doing a good, honest workout
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And as Noble finished an egg hit him first
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Before Lingard poured the flour all over him
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You never know how someone will react to a prank until it actually happens but fair play to ‘Nobes’, who got up and started dancing as his laughing teammates gleefully belted out Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.

Noble covered head-to-toe in flour, what a sight!
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The captain took the prank very well
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Noble even seemed to enjoy it
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His teammates enjoyed it more though
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Why did they prank Noble on his special day? Lingard revealed it was an act of ‘payback’ from the team and shed light on the planning that went into the operation.

“He always seems to be getting other people so it was a bit of payback on his birthday,” Lingard told Sky Sports.

“A couple of lads were discussing before training when to get him and how to do it. He had to do the rower so as soon as he took his last breath, bam, flour and egg. A little birthday present from us!

“I thought he was going to snap but he took it well, good for team morale. The team spirit’s really good, banter flying about day in, day out but when we get on the training pitch we work and strive to get three points every match. We stick together.”

That prank perfectly shows what the team spirit at West Ham is like now
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