Moore Than Just A Club

Heads Russia, tails Barbados

It’s a proven fact that West Ham won the World Cup in 1966. You’ve only got to ask any sensible football supporter within the London area, preferably the East.

Who’ll be spending their summer on the beach and who’s aiming for World Cup glory?

As the World Cup gets closer and the competition hots up for English places it’s worth running an eye over the potential medal winners who’re plying their trade for the Hammers.

Firstly let’s take a look at the current No1 Joe Hart the loanee from Manchester City who’ll get a chance to impress as our cup keeper against Wigan this weekend. Joe signed a one year deal after spending the previous year in Italy on loan to Torino. After failing to impress Pep Guardiola, Hart looked to West Ham to bolster his chances of heading to Russia as England’s No1. A series of underwhelming performances saw him dropped to the bench after Adrian who also has aspirations of World Cup glory himself gave a stirring performance in The League Cup and has retained the Premier League jersey ever since. It’s unlikely he’ll be first choice for England if he’s not playing week in week out. As it stands it’s for Adrian to lose his place between the sticks. The converted No1 shirt is far from certain for Joe. Unless West Ham make it to Wembley for an FA Cup Final and Joe plays a blinder all the way it’s looking bleak for him.

Aaron Cresswell is another who has also featured in recent squads. Definitely not first choice left back but still a possibility. Currently down the pecking order, injury or loss of form to his rivals is the only likely way he’ll be Russia bound.

Michail Antonio is another who’ll still believe he has a chance in making the cut. If you’re looking at someone who’s going to run, chase lost causes and nick the odd goals he’s your man. During the Bilic era Antonio played in various roles from right back to left winger to lone striker with various degrees of success. Injury currently keeps him out of the team and unless he hits the ground running with outstanding performances it looks like that’s one less hammer on the plane.

And then there’s finally Andy Carroll, who? What, Andy “sicknote” Carroll. If England are looking at a plan B then arguably AC should be in the final 23. He last won a cap in 2012. Injuries, injuries and more injuries have limited his England opportunities and a return of two goals in 14 games this season for West Ham are hardly statistics that make even the most ardent admirers clamber for his inclusion.

Kane and Vardy look like the two first choice forwards and for something completely different this is where Carroll comes in. Not too many defenders will relish the last 15 minutes going up against the big man. For the mere chaos that Carroll causes when the ball is directed at him warrants a place in the squad. Carroll is currently on the sidelines out until April, now there’s a surprise. Surely too much of a gamble for the somewhat conservative Southgate.

It’s looking quite desperate for us Hammers to win the World Cup this time around. Barring a miracle it’s looking a bit thin on the ground for a hammer to lift the cup!!

When Gareth Southgate names The World Cup squad it’s unlikely to be peppered with West Ham players. The one guaranteed is Hart whether he is England’s No1 remains to be seen. It looks like we won’t be posing outside The London Stadium with our new heroes statue yet.