West Ham have 11 senior players away on international duty after Michail Antonio confirmed he would be joining up with Jamaica for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
During the October international break Antonio declined the call-up from his country in order to remain at West Ham due to “logistical and travel difficulties.” With just two international fixtures this time around Antonio has linked up with his country for the qualifiers and will be hoping to grab his first Jamaican goal.
Kurt Zouma and Alphonse Areola are the other two Hammers players who were not involved in October for their country but both men have returned to Didier Deschamps France squad for the upcoming matches.
Here football.london has a rundown of everything you need to know about the Hammers players on international duty.
Said Benrahma has been called up by the Desert Foxes for the CAF second round qualifiers. His country are currently top of Group A on goal difference and have two matches against Djibouti on Friday, November 12 and at home to Burkina Faso on Tuesday, November 16.
Nikola Vlasic has headed off to join up with Croatia suggesting the injury that has kept him out of West Ham’s last two matches is not overly serious. Croatia face two Group H qualifiers away to Malta on Thursday, November 11 and home to group leaders Russia on Sunday, November 14.
West Ham have three men in the Czech Republic squad after Vladimir Coufal’s return to fitness to join Alex Kral and Tomas Soucek in Jaroslav Silhavy’s squad.
The Czech’s have two matches, first a friendly against Kuwait on Thursday evening before a World Cup Qualifier at home to Estonia on Tuesday night.
Arthur Masuaku’s return to fitness has seen the wide man back in the DR Congo squad. His country face two matches in Group J of the CAF qualification process away to Tanzania on Thursday November, 11 and home to Benin on Sunday.
Zouma and Areola missed out on the French squad for the Nations League triumph but both have returned for the World Cup qualifiers.
France are top of the group and one win from either of their two matches against Kazakhstan on Saturday on Finland on Tuesday will be enough to seal the group.
Newly capped Jamaica international Michail Antonio will be involved this window and the Reggae Boyz have two matches to play in CONCACAF qualifying. The striker will be looking to break his international duck and will have the chance against El Salvador on Friday and at home to the United States on Tuesday.
Pablo Fornals has been selected for the Spain squad in thier two vital qualifiers. The Spaniards are currently second in Group B and have two matches to salvage their hopes of automatic qualification. First up is a clash with Greece on Thursday before a tough challenge against Sweden on Sunday.
West Ham’s most capped international Andriy Yarmolenko will be looking to add to his 104 caps and 44 goals. Yanrloenko has been included in the squad despite missing the past two Hammers matches with injury and may see his game time limited as a result.
Ukraine have two matches coming up with a friendly against Bulgaria on Thursday evening followed by a crunch World CUp qualifier on Tuesday night away to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Source by Football London