The Women’s FIFA World Cup will take place this July, hosted in Australia and New Zealand. Many of the biggest stars of the women’s game will showcase their talents in Oceania. Some of the stars lining up for their nations represent West Ham Women at the club level. Who are the Hammers’ talents that you should be looking out for at the showpiece event this summer?
Viviane Asseyi is one of West Ham’s strongest forward options. Since joining the club from Bayern Munich, she has impressed in front of goal, having netted six times in the Women’s Super League this season.
Asseyi has also been a regular at the international level for France for several years. She has a genuine chance of becoming a FIFA World Champion this summer. In a bet on football online, France is offered at 10/1 to lift the trophy. However, the United States of America are the outright favourite offered at 11/4 in betting on Women’s World Cup. The forward likely offers West Ham’s greatest chance of a World Cup winner this year, but the competition is remarkably strong.
Asseyi already had experience on the World Cup stage through the 2019 tournament, which was held in her home nation. She participated in the fixtures against Nigeria, Brazil and the USA in her debut competition.
Asseyi has played a key role in France’s qualifying campaign for the upcoming tournament, as she netted against Kazakhstan and Greece. The Hammers’ star has been in strong international form in general. In the friendlies against Norway and Germany in late 2022, she netted the decisive winning goal in both. Asseyi could be set for an impressive World Cup campaign if her international form and club form before manager Paul Konchesky departed is anything to go by.
West Ham have announced the signing of France international Viviane Asseyi from Bayern Munich🤝🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/GMGGAE7NAF
— Women’s Transfer News (@womenstransfer) August 2, 2022
West Ham’s reliable goalkeeper is another experienced player on the international stage. Mackenzie Arnold earned her first Australia cap in 2012 and has been a regular between the sticks since. She has played in many major fixtures for her country and will hope to start between the sticks in her home tournament this summer.
🎂 Happy Birthday to Mackenzie Arnold!
— West Ham United Women (@westhamwomen) February 25, 2022
Arnold starred in goal for Australia’s 2-0 victory over England in Brentford back in April. In the FIFA World Cup warm-up games, she has been the first-choice shot-stopper for the Matilda’s. She will now surely be trusted to play a key role in their bid to win the competition. Australia is offered at 13/1 to win the tournament, and the home venue advantage could certainly play its part.
West Ham Women will likely have a few more of their first team stars lining up at the World Cup on the other side of the globe this summer. However, the two players mentioned here are both excellent players in their own right, and they play for nations that could realistically become World champions.
Asseyi and Arnold could both be set to impress while on their crucial international duties during the break from club football. There are always likely to be unexpected heroes that emerge over the tournament, but these are the West Ham stars that fans should be keeping an eye on. They could be set for excellent World Cup campaigns in Australia and New Zealand.
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