It’s an age-old debate amongst members of The Claret & Blue Army, but today we attempt to name the greatest ever West Ham United player to have represented their Country of origin.
Along the way, we encounter some familiar and not so familiar faces before ultimately answer the aforementioned question ahead of this week’s last International Break of 2017.
Since the start of the club’s existence in the 19th century, International talents have always appeared in Claret & Blue, but no more prominently than those who have represented The Three Lions on the World Stage.
Such names as the only man to net a hat trick in a World Cup Final Geoff Hurst, the other scorer in that magical Wembley day in 1966 Martin Peters and a certain Captain who will be mentioned later come to mind immediately.
In total, 41 English Hammers have earned International caps with more recent players of note including keepers Robert Green and Joe Hart, midfielders Scott Parker and Stewart Downing, in addition to the attacking duo of Carlton Cole and Dean Ashton, not to mention Andy Carroll.
Historically, such stars as the aforementioned 1960’s trio, Frank Lampard Senior and Junior, Alan Devonshire, Trevor Brooking, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Tony Cottee and Stuart Pearce have worn a Hammers and England Shirt, among an entourage of others.
However, it’s not just home Nation born stars that have impressed at International level, many foreigners have also represented both, and you don’t even need to look into the past either, as New Zealand Captain Winston Reid and Senegal Skipper Cheikhou Kouyate are currently integral parts of David Moyes’ first-team.
While there also exists in the current squad Jose Fonte, a EURO 2016 winner; the recently departed Dimitri Payet was on the losing side of that very Final in France.
His fellow countryman and former Hammers keeper Bernard Lama went one better and won both The World Cup and European Championships with France, while Thomas Hitzlsperger almost won both for Germany.
Current striker Javier Hernandez holds the honour of Mexico’s all-time leading scorer, while Davor Suker, perhaps the greatest player to have worn Claret & Blue in the modern era, also holds that record for Croatia.
So, now that you have heard a brief summation of those names that are in the running to be the greatest Hammer to have represented his Country at International level, it’s time to profile our number one spot and it could only ever be one man.
Yes, that’s right, perhaps England’s greatest ever player in his own right, the only Three Lions Skipper in history to lift the World Cup on that famous day 51 years ago, Bobby Moore.
The true gentleman was extremely highly regarded for his kindness and skill both and off the pitch, his unbeatable achievement will never be forgotten as is ensured by his proud-standing statue outside Wembley Stadium today.
So, after hearing our countdown of the best International Footballers to have worn the famous Claret & Blue, do you believe that the players on our list were correct? Did we miss anyone that should have been mentioned? Get in touch via Twitter @MooreThanAClub to join the debate.