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World Cup Hammers: the full list

Filed: Monday, 4th June 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United's full list of players past and present participating in the World Cup Finals has been confirmed.

Today was the deadline for all national teams to confirm their final squads for the World Cup, which begin next week in Russia. And as a result, we can now confirm that the following Hammers will be representing their respective nations...

Javier Hernandez (Mexico)

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The Little Pea - or Chicharito, depending on your preference - was named in Juan Carlos Osorio's final squad this morning. The 30-year-old striker is the only English-based player to be named by the Mexicans, who go into the tournament ranked 15th in the world by FIFA.

Hernandez and his team mates open their campaign against tournament favourites Germany on Sunday 17 June, and will also face Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

Cheikou Kouyate (Senegal)

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West Ham's combative midfielder will lead the West African nation into this year's tournament, where they are tipped to qualify for the knockout phase of the competition from Group H.

The Senegalese face Poland, Colombia and Japan in Group H. "Iím very proud because 15 million people in Senegal are behind us," he recently told whufc.com. "I am the captain and my people are behind us, so I need to lead my team."

Manuel Lanzini (Argentina)

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The tricky attacking midfielder has been one of Argentina's most in-form players of late ands looks set to command a starting place in Jorge Sampaoli first XI.

The higly-rated Argentine squad, which commands a formidable forward line of Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero kick off their campaign against the unfancied Iceland on Saturday, 16 June before tackling Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.

Former Hammers in Russia

There are a further eight players representing their nations at this summer's tournament who have played for West Ham before. They are...

Javier Mascherano (Argentina): Spent one highly-controversial season at West Ham in 2006/07 before moving to Liverpool.

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Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Iceland): Now 27, Eyjolfsson joined West Ham as an 18-year-old and spent three years at the club without making a single senior competitive appearance.

Victor Moses (Nigeria): The wing-back spent a season on loan at West Ham in Slaven Bilic's first year at the club, helping West Ham qualify for Europe.

Jose Fonte (Portugal): David Sullivan's sons may have begged him not to sign the central defender from SOuthampton, but he's good enough to make the Portuguese squad once again.

Valon Behrami (Switzerland): A tough-tackling midfielder, Behrami was introduced to West Ham by Alan Curbishley in the summer of 2008. A popular player with fans, Behrami made 58 appearances for United before moving to Fiorentina in 2011.

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Manuel Da Costa (Morocco): Born in France and a former member of Portugal's Under 21 squad, Da Costa (now at Istanbul) is eligible to feature for Morocco via his mother. He arrived at West Ham from Fiorentina in 2009 as part exchange for Savio Nsereko and spent two seasons in east London.

Diafra Sakho (Senegal): West Ham's most prolific goalscorer in the recent seasons spent three-and-a-half years at the club before joining Rennes in January having signalled his desire to return to France for some time. He goes into the Finals out of form however, having failed to score in his last ten appearances in Ligue 1.

Joao Mario (Portugal): Spent half-a-season on loan at West Ham in the latter half of the 2017/18 campaign. Currently back at Inter, but could well return to the Olympic Stadium next season if a deal can be done.

Just missing out

Edimilson Fernandes (Switzerland)

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The young midfielder, who was named as KUMB's Young Player of the Year for the 2016/17 season was named in Vladimir Petkovic's provisional 26-man squad, but is one of three players - along with Gregor Kobel (1899 Hoffenheim) and Silvan Widmer (Udinese) - not to make the cut.

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