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Hammers enjoy international break

Several West Ham stars enjoyed the international break!

While Declan Rice was forced to withdraw from the England squad due to illness, there were a number of Hammers playing for their countries in World Cup qualifiers.

Kurt Zouma helped France complete their unbeaten qualification campaign, beating Finland 2-0, and Alphonse Areola watched on from the bench.

Ukraine and Andriy Yarmolenko will be going into the play-offs after they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0.

The Czech Republic will also be in the play-offs after beating Estonia; both Vlad Coufal and Alex Kral started in that game but the Czechs will not be seeded in the 12-team play-off draw.

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Tomas Soucek and the remainder of the Czech crew could subsequently face one of the following: Portugal, Scotland, Euro 2020 winners Italy, Russia, Sweden or Wales. Ukraine can play the same crop of opponents bar Russia.

Zouma’s France, Rice’s England, and Pablo Fornals’ Spain have already punched their ticket to Qatar next year.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.