Filed: Sunday, 12th October 2003
By: Graeme Howlett
Several Hammers were in action for their respective countries over the weekend - join KUMB as we round up all the international action involving our players.
David James: Turkey 0 England 0
Another international clean sheet for David James - and, incidentally, England's tenth in ten games against the Turks.
Not perhaps James' best performance in an England shirt, but the big man did enough to stop everything the home side threw at him. Once again he will be disappointed with his kicking - one or two poor first half clearances will have been familiar to Hammers fans used to as much from following the team this season. That aside the first English regular from outside the top flight in 13 years did us proud once again.
David Connolly: Switzerland 2 Republic of Ireland 0
It was another disappointing night for Connolly and the Irish who finally crashed out of the European Championships with a defeat in a game they had to win to stand a chance of making the Euro 2004 play-offs. The Hammers number 8 worked tirelessly - as usual - but failed to hit the target despite creating three good chances in the first half. Replaced on the hour mark by Clinton Morrison with the score at 0-1.
Christian Dailly and Don Hutchison: Scotland 1 Lithuania 0
The Hammers duo no doubt enjoyed a late night of celebrations on Saturday after Darren Fletcher's 66th minute goal was enough to take Bertie Vogt's side into the draw for the play-offs. The Scots, who leapfrogged Iceland to steal Group 3's second place berth behind Germany were led ably by Hammers centre-half Dailly, with midfielder-cum-striker Don Hutchison enjoying a 25 minute run-out as a second half substitute for Miller. The 4pm kick-off was no doubt planned to give jubilant home supporters an extra couple of evening hours in which to enjoy the celebrations ...
Jermain Defoe: Turkey 21's 1 England 21's 0
David Platt's alarmingly poor under-21's were already out of contention for next years finals before this one kicked off - and it showed as they found themselves a goal down within two minutes. That's how it stayed, with West Ham's Defoe especially in unusually subdued mood. His best chances came in the final ten minutes of the game; first he wasted a glorious opportunity to level the scores when one on one with Turk keeper Recep Biler before forcing an excellent save from the keeper two minutes later with an exquisite curler from the edge of the box.
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