David Gold couldn’t be happier that his prophecy that Michail Antonio would be calle up for England has come true.
He told ClaretandHugh last week that he believed the Hammers sensation was a perfect Sam Allardyce player and so it has turned out with the former club boss calling him into his first squad.
Gold – speaking to us exclusively – said: “I was there when he couldn’t get in the team, I was beside him when he got 20 minutes against Man City last season and wasn’t seen again.
I kept telling him his time would come. I promised him that and when it did he showed himself capable of blossoming as a player out of adversity. He refuses to be fazed at anything that happens to him and I feel very proud of him and for him
“He has a fantastic charcter and never gives up on any situation as his life shows. I felt Sam would love him and so it’s proved.
“The boy deserves everything he is getting and I wish him fantastic success when he steps out for his country. It’s brilliant for him, the club and the fans.”