Ten Hammers looking to avoid injury


West Ham have ten players involved in international duty during the awful break from Premier League and with James-Ward-Prowse suffering a knock at home all fingers are crossed there are no more on foreign fields!

The official West Ham website reveals Vladimír Coufal and Tomáš Souček will return to the ground where West Ham won the 2023 UEFA Europa Conference League later this week, having been named in the Czech Republic squad for their UEFA 2024 European qualification match with Albania and a friendly away to Hungary.

Czech Mates

Alphonse Areola could be in qualification action when France play Republic Of Ireland on Thursday before a friendly away to Germany next Tuesday.

New signing Konstantinos Mavropanos is involved in the Greece squad for their UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers. They are set to play the Netherlands away on Thursday and Gibraltar at home on Sunday in a pair of Group B outings.

Four others involved in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mohammed Kudus will play for Ghana in their Group E fixture at home to Central African Republic on Thursday, before they cap the international break with a friendly versus Liberia on Tuesday 12 September.

Saïd Benrahma and his Algerian international colleagues have already secured their qualification to the final tournament next year, and  face Tanzania in their last qualifier on Thursday at 8pm BST. They then close out the international break with a friendly away to Senegal on Tuesday 12 September.

Nayef Aguerd playing for Morocco

Nayef Aguerd and Morocco have already qualified for the finals in the Ivory Coast next January. They play their last qualification match on Saturday, at home to Liberia, before a friendly versus Burkina Faso in Lens, France, the following Tuesday.

Maxwel Cornet and his Ivory Coast meet Lesotho on Saturday at 5pm BST in their final qualifier, and will also contest a friendly contest with Mali next Tuesday.

Michail Antonio will be in CONCACAF Nations League action with Jamaica. A match at home to Honduras in League A, Group B, will be played at 2am BST on Saturday 9 September, and a second fixture – against Haiti – will be played at 1am BST on Wednesday 13 September.

Capping a busy international break for the West Ham United squad is Edson Álvarez’s involvement with the Mexico squad. The 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup winners will play two friendlies in America over the coming days; one versus Australia in Texas in the early hours of Sunday morning and the other against Uzbekistan in Atlanta, Georgia, at 12.30am BST on Wednesday 13 September.

Edson Alvarez for Mexico

Fans wishing to watch along with any of our players in UEFA 2024 European Championship qualification action can do so through Viaplay, with most matches being shown across their platforms.

Unfortunately, the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the CONCACAF Nations League fixtures are not able to watch in the United Kingdom.

A handful of or youngster have also received call-ups to represent their countries in varying age groups.

Michael Forbes, Callum Marshall and Patrick Kelly will be in action for Northern Ireland U21s, while loaned goalkeeper Krisztian Hegyi is in action for Hungary U21s too.

Further down the ages, goalkeeper Finn Herrick will represent England U18s, while Sean Moore will be in action for Republic of Ireland U19s.

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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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