Lukasz Fabianski bids emotional farewell as West Ham handed dream international scenario

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The October international break has come to an end and the good news for West Ham is that all eight players who were away are returning to the club with no fitness issues.

There were a mixed set of results for the Hammers and David Moyes will have been relieved to see a number of his men have their game time limited.

Ahead of the international break, Vladimir Coufal and Michail Antonio both withdrew from the Czech Republic and Jamaica squads respectively and remained at the Rush Green training ground to prepare for the upcoming set of fixtures.

That left eight Hammers away with their country and football.london has taken a look to see how West Ham’s international contingent got on.

Algeria

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Said Benrahma played 90 minutes for his country over the break helping his team to a 6-1 win over Niger in Group A of the FIFA World Cup African qualifiers.

Benrahma was involved in the build-up to Algeria’s third and sixth goals in a comfortable away victory. The Hammer was an unused substitute during the home tie when the Desert Foxes ran out 4-0 winners in his absence.

Croatia

Nikola Vlasic was in action for the 2018 World Cup runners-up but was unable to help them to the six points they required to remain top of their qualifying group. A 2-2 draw with Slovakia saw them slip two points behind Russia with two games to play.

Vlasic played 115 minutes across the two matches, starting the win against Cyprus before coming on as a half-time substitute in the home draw with Slovakia.

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Czech Republic

West Ham’s Czech representatives were cut by a third with Coufal’s withdrawal but the Hammers still had captain Tomas Soucek and Alex Kral in action.

Soucek played all 180 minutes of the internationals captaining his team to a 2-2 draw with Wales and a 2-0 win over Belarus. Against Wales, Soucek was joined from the start by Hammers teammate Kral but the new signing was given a rest in the second match only appearing as a 90th-minute substitute.

England

Declan Rice was West Ham’s only representative in the England squad and Moyes will no doubt be ecstatic his star man was given the night off in Andorra during the Three Lions 5-0 win.



Declan Rice in action for England vs Hungary at Wembley Stadium (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
Declan Rice in action for England vs Hungary at Wembley Stadium (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

The Hammer was held back for the far more competitive match against Hungary, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Rice played the full 90 minutes and in the absence of regular midfield partner Kalvin Phillips, had a huge amount of work to do as the lone defensive midfielder in Gareth Southgate’s attacking line-up.

Poland

Despite announcing his retirement from international football in the summer, Lukasz Fabianski was coaxed into one final farewell appearance for Poland to allow his country to thank him for his superb service.

Fabianski won his 57th and final Poland cap 15 years on from his 2006 debut. The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet and was in floods of tears as he was given a guard of honour by both teams when substituted in the 58th minute.

Spain

Pablo Fornals was in action for Spain during the Nations League finals. The Hammer was an unused substitute in the semi-final win over Italy and saw just six minutes of action in the final against France.

Fornals was thrown on in the dying minutes with his team desperate for a late equaliser but he was unable to come up with anything as Spain fell to a 2-1 defeat to France.

Ukraine

West Ham’s most capped international Andriy Yarmolenko continued his remarkable career with Ukraine scoring in both his 103rd and 104th caps.

The Hammer is now just four goals behind Ukrainian legend Andriy Schevchenko as his countries all-time leading goalscorer.

Yarmolenko’s opener against Finland set his country on their way to a 2-1 win in Helsinki and his 44th international strike was enough for a point against Bosnia and Herzegovina to keep Ukraine in second spot of Group D.

Source by Football London

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