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Irons fans can keep up with Soucek/Coufal live

West Ham fans can keep up with the man who is rapidly becoming a huge club hero – Tomas Soucek along with Vladimir Coufal- over the next week .

The Czech Republic’s two Nations League ties, to be played on Sunday 15 November and  Wednesday 18 November, will be broadcast in the UK on Sky Sports via the Red Button and the duo look set to be involved.

The Czech Republic play Germany in in a prestige friendly in Leipzig tonight (Wednesday ) but after that they face Israel and Slovakia at home and must win them both to have any chance of overhauling group leaders Scotland.

Soucek has been a revelation since arriving at the Hammers and could be en route to becoming a legend for the club such is the manner he has settled down at the club.

On the pitch he has been immense alongside skipper Declan and it was noticeable against Fulham that with both of them a little off their normal game, the performance level dropped.

They could almost be described as the heartbeat of the team and Hammers fans will be desperately hoping that he – and indeed the rest of our international players – stay injury free.

Commenting on the Germany confrontation he joked: “Yeah, it’s a very easy game!” joked Souček, who previously faced Germany in a 2-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying defeat in Prague in 2017.“

He added: “But I am glad, because the last game we played Cyprus in a friendly game, and now it will be a friendly against Germany. We will enjoy preparing because we will look at how we can play next summer.

“There will be similar teams, for example, England, so when we come up against Germany it is a friendly, but every man will treat it like a normal game.

“We can play maybe with friends in the garden and win 10-0, but it is only fun. On the pitch, we want to play against the best teams in the world and show, if we can play against them, we can play against anyone.”

After Germany, attention then turns to the UEFA Nations League, where the Czechs face two must-win ties at home to Israel and Slovakia if they want to have any chance of overhauling leaders Scotland and winning promotion from League B2.

A squad depleted by COVID-19 lost 1-0 in Scotland last time out, meaning Souček, Coufal and company need to collect six points out of six and hope the Scots fail to win either of their closing two fixtures if they are to secure top spot.

He said: “It will be hard but still, we have a chance. And when there’s a chance, we will believe.

“We want to win two games and, if we will be first or second, it’s time to show. We want to win and hopefully it’s going to happen that Scotland will lose or draw their two results, and we have the chance to get promoted.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon