Filed: Sunday, 4th September 2005
By: Matthew O'Greel
There were plenty of Hammers in international action over the weekend as the Premier League programme halted temporarily.
One of those with plenty to boast about when training recommences at Chadwell Heath later this week is Christian Dailly, whose Scotland side held Italy to a 1-1 draw at Hampden Park. It could have been even better for the Scots - who led 1-0 through a 13th minute Kenny Miller goal - but an 76th equaliser from Fabio Grosso earned the Azzurri a point.
West Ham's Welsh quartet of Danny Gabbidon, Carl Fletcher, James Collins and Gavin Williams saw there World Cup hopes disappear after going down 1-0 to England at the Millennium Stadium; former Hammer Joe Cole scored the only goal of the game whilst fellow former Hammers Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Jermain Defoe also played a part in the fixture.
Elsehwere Yossi Benayoun kept Israel in the hunt for a World Cup spot by helping his side to a 1-1 draw in Switzerland; both goals (Frei fro Switzerland and Keise for Israel) coming in the first half.
In the under-21's, Nigel Reo-Coker captained England to an impressive 4-0 victory over Wales at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Friday night. Anton Ferdinand also played a full 90 minutes as did former Hammer Glen Johnson of Chelsea. Another ex-Hammer, Calum Davenport was an unused substitute.
Finally, James Tomkins couldn't prevent England's under-17s from going down 1-0 to the United States at Swindon on Friday night; Sheanon Williams' first half strike was enough to win the game for the Americans.
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