Conor Coventry was at the centre of penalty drama as the Republic of Ireland’s U21s lost to Montenegro on Wednesday.
The Hammers star is currently on loan at Championship club Peterborough United.
And he remains the captain of the team, with Ireland attempting to qualify for the European Under-21 Championships.
However, they were beaten in Montenegro, with their opponents leapfrogging them in the group; they currently sit four points behind leaders Sweden, with a game in hand.
Coventry had the opportunity to rescue a draw late on; Montenegro had gone 2-0 up within the first 10 minutes but Mark McGuiness pulled a goal back before a penalty was awarded.
The Hammer stepped up to take the penalty with just seven minutes of the game left, but it was saved.
Ireland’s U21s take on both Sweden and Italy in Dublin next month and are likely to need to win both games if they are to qualify for the tournament.