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Hammers on international duty

Filed: Wednesday, 30th May 2018
By: Staff Writer

A number of of West Ham United's first team players are involved in international action this week.

Manuel Lanzini played an hour for Argentina last night as Jorge Sampaoli's side cruised to a 4-0 win against minnows Haiti at La Bombonera, Buenos Aires before being replaced by Independiente’s Maximiliano Meza.

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Lanzini, who could well start for Argentina when they kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland in Moscow's Otkritie Arena on 16 June was joined by the likes of Lionel Messia and Javier Mascherano as the South Americans strolled to victory.

Also in action in the early hours of Tuesday morning was West Ham striker Javier Hernandez, who saw his Mexico side held to a goalless draw by Wales at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

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The North Americans - for whom Hernandez featured for an hour - kick off their World Cup campaign against Group F favourites Germany at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on 17 June, in what will be the tournament's 11th fixture.

Later this evening (Wednesday) Marko Arnautovic - who has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United in the past 72 hours - is set to start for Austria when they face tournament hosts Russia in a pre-World Cup friendly.

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Unusually, given that they failed to qualify for the World Cup, tonight's hosts are red-hot favourites for the friendly - which will take place in Tirol's Tivoli Stadium - according to latest odds from Novibet sports betting UK.

Finally Cheik Kouyate's Senegal are in action on Thursday evening when they travel to Luxembourg for a friendly with the European minnows.

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