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West Ham players at the World Cup

Filed: Monday, 28th May 2018
By: Staff Writer #3

The qualification process for this summer's World Cup started over two years ago now, and were finally at the stage where the full squads are being announced. Although at the time of writing, some squads are still yet to be announced.

The questions is - which West Ham players are on the plane to the tournament, and which have missed out. Our friends over at Profit Accumulator have kindly given us a review of all the west Ham players at the World Cup. Profit Accumulator is a matched betting service. Matched betting is a way of making money online.

Which players are definitely going?

Joao Mario. Joo Mrio Naval da Costa Eduardo (Joao Mario to his mates), joined on loan from Inter Milan in January. Reportedly for a 1.5million loan fee with an option to buy for 40 million. Hes played 14 times and scored 2 goals, and although he hasn't set the world alight hes definitely a good player. Joao already has 33 caps for Portugal, but his inclusion in the final squad was still somewhat of a surprise, especially considering Andre Gomes (who plays for Barca and was a firm favourite of the national team manager) was omitted. Its probably fair to say he won't be a guaranteed starter, but hes an energetic presence in the midfield so might be useful to being on in the closing stages of a close game.

Cheik Kouyate. The rangey Senegalese midfielder has been a key part of the Senegal National team for a few years now, amassing nearly 46 caps and captaining the team recently. Unsurprisingly he was named in the final squad to go to Russia and was handed the title of captain as well. Barring injury, he will be sure-fire starter for the Lions. A dominant presence in midfield, he will probably be the West Ham player who plays the most games at the tournament. Although this is definitely a good thing, if he has a very good season he might be on the rader of a bigger club, which wouldnt be ideal for West Ham as his strength and versatility are a big plus. He would be hard to replace.

Who is probably going?

Javier Hernandez. He has been included in the preliminary Mexican squad (the final squad hasn't been announced yet). It would be a big surprise though if Chicharito wasn't involved with the final squad. The Mexican striker is adored in his home country and has been an integral part of the National team for a number of years. He has been at the forefront of their successful qualification which means Mexico are going to their seventh consecutive World Cup. Chicharito actually scored in the last two World Cups as well (South Africa and Brazil).

Manuel Lanzini. One of West Hams best players but he hasn't hit the heights of previous seasons this term, with some disappointing performances which can maybe be explained by a general drop in the whole teams performance. Regardless, hes still done enough to be included in the Argentina squad. Its a very talented squad, with the likes of Messi, Aguero and Dybala amongst others, so whether he will play much or not is up for debate. He was in Argentina's provisional 35-man squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but withdrew following a knee injury. He only has three full caps to his name, but has been in and around the squad for a few years now. Even if he doesn't play at the very least its good experience.

Diafra Sakho. Technically not a West Ham player anymore due to the fact he moved to Rennes in January, but I thought I would include him in the list anyway. He has 8 caps so far for sengal and was lucky enough to make the final squad.

Who has missed out?

Joe Hart. A few years ago you would have bet your house on Joe Hart being in the 2018 World Cup squad, but times have changed. A quite remarkable fall from grace has meant that he wasn't even included in the back-up players, with Tom Heaton preferred. Joe started nine of the qualifying matches, keeping seven clean sheets, but missed out on the squad due to a turbulent season. Adrian was actually preferred in the latter games of the league this year which tells its own story.

Aaron Cresswell. A bit of a long-shot for Aaron, but he did get a few glimmers of hope by Gareth Southgate. He was handed his first start against Lithuania earlier in the campaign and impressed with his performance. Unfortunately he missed out on the squad, with Danny Rose and Ashley Young preferred in the left back spot.

Andy Carroll. Another season plagued by injuries have meant the Geordie missed out on the final England squad. If he was fully fit it would have been a more difficult decision, but ultimately Southgate has made it clear that he doesn't want any injury concerns in the squad. Which along with Jack Wiltshire, pretty much definitely rules Andy out.

Michail Antonio. A hamstring injury meant that he missed the last 6 game so fthe season, which also pretty much ruled him out of the England squad.

That's it for our round-up. Who do you think will make a mark at the World Cup? Did more West Ham players deserve to be called up?

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

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