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Johnson hopes for better than Soucek

Ben Johnson will be looking for an England debut as the under 21 head into a game against Andorra in the England under 21 European qualifying tournament tonight.

Ben has spoken of his hopes a start  after making half a century of appearances for the Irons but in the meantime there was disappointment for Tomas Soucek last night.

The Hammers defensive midfielder saw his Czech Republic outfit knocked out of the  FIFA World Cup heartache falling to  a 1-0 Play-Off defeat against Sweden.

The Czechs were hoping to book a Play-Off final against Poland for a shot at a place in this winter’s finals in Qatar, but were edged out in Solna.

There was nothing to separate the sides over the first 90 minutes, although the Czechs were desperately unfortunate to to snatch victory close to 90 minutes when Soucek’s cross was fired wide by Milan Havel fired wide.

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The game went to extra time and Sweden prevailed thanks to a goal ten minutes from the end.

Robin Quaison was the scorer, tucking home from close range after he exchanged passes with Alexander Isak on the edge of the box.

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