Joe Hart becomes third highest capped England goalkeeper against Slovenia

Joe Hart now has more England caps than the legendary Gordon Banks! Hart achieved the feat earlier today evening in England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley. He earned his 74th cap, thus overtaking Gordon Banks (73). Only David Seaman (75) and Peter Shilton (125) have more England caps than the West Ham goalkeeper. [Read more…]

Antonio out of England squad with hamstring injury

Michail Antonio will have to wait for his maiden England cap after the West Ham forward was ruled out of the Three Lions’ upcoming fixtures against Germany (also Lukas Podolski’s farewell game) and Lithuania. Antonio was the solitary Hammer to make the cut in Southgate’s original squad, with Andy Carroll missing out.

West Ham have been struggling with a spate of injuries with Pedro Obiang and Winston Reid also set to be out for an extended period of time. [Read more…]

Carroll and Antonio in line for England call ups?

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering a recall to the national squad for West Ham striker Andy Carroll for the Three Lions’ upcoming clashes against Germany and Lithuania. With Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge all out, Southgate is mulling over a call up to Carroll as well his West Ham teammate Michail Antonio.

Carroll last played for England over four years ago. Antonio was called up by Sam Allardyce last year, but never earned a cap. [Read more…]

Video- Cresswell makes international debut v Spain as substitute for Rose

West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell made his international debut v Spain at Wembley, picking up his first cap as a 79th minute substitute for Danny Rose. He was the last of England’s six substitutes- with Walcott, Jagielka, Heaton, Townsend and Rashford also making appearances off the bench [Read more…]

Mark Noble: Good enough for England?

Hammers midfielder Mark Noble believes he is good enough to play for the national side. Although Noble has represented his country at various youth levels, he is yet to find glory by being capped by the senior England team. [Read more…]

Big Sam Staggered At Green Omission

Sam Allardyce today spoke to London’s Evening Standard about his shock at Robert Greens omission from Fabio Capello’s latest England Squad.

“I’m staggered because Rob’s right back at the top of his game following his knee operation,” said the West Ham manager, speaking to the Evening Standard. “I would even say Rob is better than before because his knee hadn’t been 100 per cent for some little time before he had the op.

“If Fabio is looking for the friendlies with Spain and Sweden as principally preparation for Euro 2012 next summer, then I can’t see beyond Rob. Joe Hart is currently the first choice for the England goalkeeper’s jersey but if they want someone capable of ­challenging the Manchester City man, then I can’t think of anyone better than Rob.

I don’t believe that playing in the Championship with West Ham should be a handicap for him. It’s far better for a keeper to be playing regularly in the Championship than sporadically in the Premier League.”

Green has been in fantastic form for The Hammers since returning from injury, during which Manuel Almunia kept watch between the sticks.

I am surprised myself as Greens form has been impressive, on top of that most of the keepers in the Premier League who could mount some form of challenge to Joe Hart have retired or made themselves unavailable.

Capello Will Still Pick West Ham Stars

England Manager Fabio Capello has confirmed that he will continue to pick Scott Parker for England if he remains at West Ham.

The England manager, who has included Parker and team mate Rob Green in his squad for Wednesday night’s friendly against Holland rebuffed rumours that Parker’s international career could be put on hold should he remain at West Ham and play in the Championship.

However Capello stressed that ideally Parker would be playing in the top flight of English football:

“If he does not move then that is not my problem. He is one who can play with the national team,” Capello told reporters. “He is part of the group. If he is fit, he will be okay to stay with us. I will continue picking him. If I find a really good player in the Championship, I will pick him.

“I hope for him and for me he will play in the Premier League. It is important Scott plays in the Premier League. He is a focused guy – but they play more games [in the Championship] than the Premier League.”

Parker is set to start for West Ham against Cardiff at the Boleyn Ground in today’s game.