Hammers November International Break Preview

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That time of the season has come around ever so quickly yet again, yes, it’s another International Break, the third of the season and the final one before the end of the year.

But never fear there are still plenty of West Ham United stars in action, 14 to be precise, most of them vying for a place in Russia at Qualification draws to an end across The World.


Over on the familiar shores of Europe and with Qualifying for Russia 2018 now at the Play-Off stage, the next seven days will be pivotal for one young attacking midfielder in particular.

Edimilson Fernandes has been called up for the Switzerland after missing out on the last Squad for the little matter of their two-legged winner takes all clash with Northern Ireland, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday and Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, also on The Continent, Joe Hart will be hoping that he can keep out two of World Football’s best International sides on Friday and Tuesday night, as Germany and Brazil visit Wembley to face off with The Three Lions in International and Bobby Moore Fund friendlies respectively, after securing top spot in Group F.

And to finish in Europe, Marko Arnautovic will join up with Austria for a one-off friendly with Uruguay in Vienna on Tuesday of next week after being dumped out of Qualification in the Group Stages.


Just two Hammers will be making the long trip to Africa as Group Stage Qualifying draws to a close over there, as Senegal Skipper Cheikhou Kouyate and striker Diafra Sakho fight to make a first World Cup.

The Lions of Teranga will travel to South Africa on Friday night and then host the same side on Tuesday knowing that a win in either of them would book a place at Russia 2018, can our Claret & Blue stars inspire their Nation to a first World Cup since 2002?

North, Central America, And The Caribbean

Javier Hernandez, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer will be the only Iron travelling to The Americas over the next seven days after Qualification was secured last month.

His Nation are in Europe for a doubleheader of friendlies, travelling away to Belgium and then Poland, the latter being a game that Chicharito is expected to make his 100th International appearance in.


Much like Fernandes, a huge week lays ahead for New Zealand Captain and centre-back Winston Reid as his Kiwi side go toe to toe with South America’s Peru in a Play-Off.

The home tie will be played early on Saturday morning GMT and the away leg at roughly the same time on Thursday, can Reid guide his Nation to a third World Cup Finals?

Youth Internationals

As well as the entourage of Senior Hammers that are representing their Countries this month, as many as seven Youth stars will also get their chance to impress on the International stage.

Defensive midfield duo Declan Rice and Josh Cullen will represent Republic of Ireland’s U21 side as they travel to Norway in U21 European Championship Qualifying.

Rice and Cullen will face off with teammate Martin Samuelsen who has been called up for Norway, while Conor Coventry joins up with Ireland’s U19 Squad for a series of friendlies with Portugal having secured EURO U19 Elite Round Qualification last month.

In that Portugal side will be Domingos Quina while also at U19 level, goalkeeper Rihards Matrevics travels to Croatia with Latvia and to finish, Reece Oxford will represent England U20s in Germany for a friendly.

So, now that you have been given the lowdown on what each and every Hammer International will be up to over the next seven days, will it be a successful week for their Nations? And will they return to David Moyes and Terry Westley injury free?

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.