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Sunday 6 October Updated Wednesday 18 February

'It's a strange league'

Stewart Downing is glad to have returned from injury in time to help West Ham United in their tough fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

The former Liverpool winger missed the majority of September after suffering a dead leg in just his second start for the Club.

Now fully recovered, he is desperate to gain a result in what promises to be a spicy London derby at White Hart Lane.

He said: "They're all tough games, but the way the league goals, we could well go on to beat Tottenham and Man City now, having lost at Hull last week!

"Man City had a great result in beating Man United, but then they've lost to Cardiff, they've lost to Villa. It's a strange league at the minute.

"I'm looking forward to playing Tottenham, they've got a good stadium and are a good team, but I think we can go there and get a result.

"There's the rivarly there too, but we need to get a result."

The wideman admits he has an eye on an England recall in a World Cup year, but first and foremost he wants to perform for the Hammers.

He added: "At the minute, my ambitions are to play regularly and do well for West Ham.

"Coming off last season, I want to carry on my form, and it's still an ambition of mine to get back in the England squad.

"With the squad we have, I think we've got a good chance of beating last season's finish."

Watch the full interview with Stewart on West Ham TV here.

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