Moyes names Conference Final team


David Moyes has made two two changes from the team which beat AZ Alkmaar three weeks ago to secure the Irons’ place in their first major European final in 47 years.

Full-backs Vladimír Coufal and Emersoncome into the side, with the Czech Republic international taking his place at right-back on home turf at the stadium he called home for two seasons with SK Slavia Prague.

The 30-year-old is joined in the starting XI by compatriot, fellow former Slavia favourite and Czech national-team captain Tomáš Souček.

Alphonse Areola  becomes the Club’s outright record European appearance-holder with 26 appearances in the competition.

Areola and Aguerd

In defence, Coufal is joined by Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd and maybe surprisingly Emerson which leaves Aaron Cresswell on the side lines

This is Zouma’s second major European final, but his first appearance in one, since he was an unused substitute for Chelsea in their 2021 UEFA Champions League final win over Manchester City in Porto.

In midfield, Souček is joined by familiar faces in captain Declan Rice and Paquetá.

Hammer of the Year Rice leads his team out on his 245th appearance in a West Ham shirt and becomes just the third player, after Bobby Moore and Billy Bonds, to captain the Hammers in a major European final.

Paqueta, Emerson and Ogbonna

Paquetá has also played ten times and scored once in the UECL this season. The Brazilian was also on target against Gent at home, scoring the penalty which put the Irons ahead on the night and on course for a 5-2 aggregate victory.

The forward line is also familiar, with Jarrod Bowen and Saïd Benrahma flanking Michail Antonio.

The trio have combined to score 15 of West Ham’s 33 European goals this season, with Jamaica international Antonio leading the way with seven. Bowen has five and Benrahma three.

West Ham United: Areola, Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson, Souček, Rice ©, Paquetá, Bowen, Benrahma, Antonio
Subs: Fabiański (GK), Johnson, Kehrer, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Downes, Potts, Lanzini, Cornet, Fornals, Mubama, Ings

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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!"

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