West Ham United defender James Tomkins cannot wait to step back out onto the hallowed turf of the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

The Hammers host Portuguese UEFA Champions League qualifiers Pacos de Ferreira in their final pre-season match of the summer, with tickets available to purchase on the gate.

Tomkins has been heavily involved throughout West Ham's pre-season build-up, playing in the heart of defence as Sam Allardyce's men toured both Germany and Portugal, along with taking on sides from the lower leagues of English football.

The centre-back says that has been perfect preparation ahead of the big kick-off a week away, and he wants to end the summer campaign on a high in front of the Hammers fans.

"It will be nice to play at home on Saturday after so many games out of the country," he told West Ham TV. "Getting a game under our belts at the Boleyn Ground will be good, especially against a team of a good standard as well.

"The support should be good, it's against a team in the Champions League and the fans will be supporting us ready for the important one against Cardiff.

"It's always an honour to play at home and represent the Club, whether it's a competitive game or not. Hopefully we can get another result under our belts before the start of the season."

Having already faced teams from the top flights of both Germany and Portugal, Tomkins is primed for another stern examination from a side who begin their Champions League campaign later this month with a play-off round tie against Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg.

He continued: "It's always important to get good tests in pre-season. We have to set our sights high, and playing against the best will stand us in good stead for the start of the season.

"It's been a long wait, the fans and ourselves are ready to go now and this is our last chance to get the fitness in and get a good performance at the end of it.

"The games in Portugal were different to what we're used to. The style of refereeing was different, blowing up for fouls every two minutes. It was an experience for all of us, the fans were quite crazy too - especially against Sporting Lisbon!

"They were good tests for us. At the end of the day we got the minutes in, and we played well so that was the important thing."

Finally, whufc.com learned from Jack Collison's blog on Friday that Tomkins was not the tidiest of room-mates for the Welshman over the Hammers' summer travels. The defender responded by saying there was a reason for his lack of room etiquette.

He smiled: "He always cleans up after me, but I'm only messy to see him do the cleaning up. It's like having my Mum with me in the room!"

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