Noble Plays As England Lose In Final

DESPITE a brave performance from Mark Noble and his England Under-19 team-mates, the Young Lions went down 3-1 to France in the Final of the UEFA European Under-19 Championships in Belfast.

Mark played the full 90 minutes as England took the lead through Lee Holmes just before half-time. But a magnificent second-half comeback from the French put pay to England's dreams of winning the competition for the first time since 1993.

Mark will now return to Chadwell Heath and join up with his Hammers team-mates on Monday for the final two weeks of the pre-season campaign as the 18-year-old looks forward to making his Premier League debut.

"I can't wait for the season to start," he beamed. "Ever since we won the Play-offs I've been looking forward to that first game of the Premiership season. It isn't far away now and I'm really buzzing about the start of the season."