Tonight England face Italy for their European Championship Qualifying Group C game at The Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, a game that promises to feature two if not three Hammers players. Declan Rice lines up for England against Roberto Mancini's Italian team that will most likely feature Emerson Palmieri and Gianluca Scamacca.
Scamacca is in desperate need of 'positive' playing time in front of an enthusiastic International manager who believes in him, as opposed to his experiences at West Ham where he has hardly had a look under David Moyes in since his £35 Million summer transfer from Sassuolo.
Emerson as he likes to be called has come on leaps and bounds since he replaced Aaron Cresswell in Hammers starting line up, the £14 Million left back has slotted in nicely since his move across London from Chelsea and will be looking to test England's defence as he bombs forward.
Facing Hammers Italian duo will be their club captain Declan Rice, who has come in for severe criticism from yet another pundit who is green with envy of today's players because they earn more in a month than they did in a year when they played! Grame Souness and Roy Keane have both had their 'little digs' regarding Declan, the envious twosome should perhaps look more to themselves when it comes to their broadcasting presentation, which is essentially to trash current day players, than picking on players who are too polite to their elders to call them out!
Dino Moyes will be hoping his players don't get injured during the game, whereas Hammers fans will watch with delight as they will be able to see their players perform free of 'Dino's' rigid discipline for once. Back in the day, International games were rather boring for Iron's fans because the club had very few International players, now it is very different.
Hammers have a dozen players representing their various countries, which is a good old chunk of the squad. They are good enough to be selected by the managers of their countries and yet struggle to get game time under Moyes, funny that isn't it? Well it would be funny if it wasn't a painful example of how disconnected and disenfranchised they are domestically as opposed to Internationally.
Hopefully they will all return injury free, perhaps 'Moyes might actually be inspired when he sees his players playing with a freedom and commitment they find difficult to do with him as their coach, you never know, he might even start to use them properly! - LN