Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Ipswich Town striker Frank Nouble has not given up on representing the Ivory Coast at next year’s World Cup

PUBLISHED: 06:00 07 December 2013

Frank Nouble

Frank Nouble

Archant

Ipswich Town striker Frank Nouble says he has not given up on being called up to the Ivory Coast squad ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The 22-year-old was born in Peckham, London, and represented England at Under-17 and Under-19 level. Both his parents were born in the West-African nation of the Ivory Coast though meaning he is still eligible to represent them.

Nouble – who has scored two goals in his last four appearances for the Blues – started out as a youth team player at Chelsea and has spoken in the past about how he used to stay over at Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba’s house as a teenager.

Now he’s hoping to step into the Galatasaray front man’s sizeable shoes when the 35-year-old eventually retires.

“I was born in Peckham, but I grew up speaking French at home (the Ivory Coast a former French colony),” explained Nouble. “The people that work with the Ivory Coast are close to my extended family. I’m good friends with Salomon Kalou (ex Chelsea winger, Ivory Coast international) and used to stay over at Drogba’s house when I was a teenager.

“I trained with the national team two-and-half-years ago, but I chose to stay with the England Under-17s and Under-19s at that time. If the chance comes to play for the Ivory Coast then I will take it. It would make my parents very proud.”

The ex-West Ham and Wolves striker continued: “The chance will come if I’m playing and doing well for Ipswich. The next generation has got to come through for the Ivory Coast now, the likes of Drogba, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Gervinho are all a bit older now. Next summer will probably be their last major tournament.”

Asked if securing a seat on the plane to Brazil was out of the question, he replied: “Anything can happen.

“Look at the lad we played against on Tuesday, (Jordan) Rhodes. He hit a rich vein of form and now he’s playing for Scotland.

“If I keep doing well then I am sure the call will come.”

Speaking about Nouble, who has started just 10 games for Ipswich since arriving for a nominal fee back in January, manager Mick McCarthy said: “You improve by playing games. You can be coached on the training ground, but you need to play. He’s not had as many minutes as he’d like, but he’s improved.

“I don’t think he had a good first half on Tuesday, but he had an excellent second half.

“There’s more to come from him as he gets older and maturer. I remember playing against Niall Quinn towards the end of my career, he was big and gangly and I bashed him about and roughed him up. Two years later I wondered what had happened because it was the other way around.

“You learn how to use your physique. (Burnley striker) Sam Vokes is a good example of that. I signed him at Wolves as an 18-year-old and he was built like a man, so we trained him like a man and expected men’s performances. He didn’t quite do it. Three, four, five years on, what is he 23 now? He’s a proper bloke out there. He’s physically tougher, he’s scoring his goals and fulfilling his potential.

“I’m hoping that’s what’s going to happen with Frank.”

Ipswich Town host Huddersfield Town at Portman Road this afternoon (3pm kick-off). Follow @Stuart_Watson on Twitter for live match updates.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we remember when Danny Haynes scored twice against Norwich as Town win the East Anglian derby

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says winger Danny Rowe needs to get fitter if he is to feature more for the first team.

Sir Alf Ramsey was one of Ipswich Town and England’s greatest-ever managers. Some would say he WAS the greatest. Few reporters had the access to Sir Alf as former EADT/Ipswich Star and Green’Un editor TONY GARNETT enjoyed. Here are some of his memories

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today we feature wins over Leicester City and Manchester United among others.

Cole Skuse agrees that his team mate and good friend Luke Chambers has probably taken on too much responsibility as Ipswich Town captain.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24