By George Overhill

11th May, 2022 | 1:40pm

Gary Lineker posts one-word reaction to clip of Mark Noble's West Ham United anecdote

Gary Lineker reacted with just one word to a clip posted online of West Ham captain Mark Noble telling a story about Ben Johnson.

The retiring Hammers legend was sitting next to the young full-back in a clip posted on Twitter by the club, and was asked about the photo of him sweeping the Lyon dressing room during the Europa League run while Johnson sits in the background on his phone.

To the suggestion that his junior teammate didn’t help the midfielder responded: “The truth is that I always do it. But there was a game I wasn’t at.

“Brentford away I wasn’t there. And I got a text message from Johnno about eight o’clock that night.

“He said: “Nobes, I was just about to walk out the changing room and I see your face in my brain, so I turned around and went and swept the changing room.”

“But yeah that made me incredibly proud because it’s something that I think is really important for the football club.”

In response, Match of the Day host Lineker on his Twitter account simply posted: “Leader”.

Mr West Ham

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone related to the club who disagrees, and it is going to a squad emptier for lacking Noble’s presence once he retires after the final game of the season.

A local who has been at the club for over two decades, he has made almost 550 appearances for the Hammers first-team.

But aside from what he has done while wearing the armband on the pitch, the story in question shows how seriously he has taken his role off it.

It might seem like a small thing but it does show respect to either the opponents at away games or your own staff at home to not leave a mess behind.

But whatever the situation in question, the fact that Johnson felt compelled to pick up the slack in his absence makes it clear that Noble is indeed a leader.

It is a positive sign that he has had such an affect on his teammates in light of the fact he will soon be gone, from the dressing room if not the club.

The club look to be in good hands, whether it is Johnson, the man who has taken over the armband Declan Rice, or others, and the leadership of the 35-year-old probably goes a long way to explaining how a small squad has achieved so much in the past couple of years.

In other West Ham news, a European sporting director is due in London today to meet with the club over a possible transfer.

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