Paolo: I'm Staying

Paolo Di Canio insists he has not asked for a transfer - and Glenn Roeder says he will be in the side on Saturday.

Despite reports suggesting that Paolo had said he should be allowed to go on a free transfer this summer, the player himself insists:

"I have not asked for a transfer; I have been misquoted.

"And as far as Glenn is concerned, I think he will prove himself to be one of the best managers in the Premiership - we can already see what quality he has brought to the club.

"It was a very good Easter for West Ham; we took six points from just two matches, so that makes me really happy - and I'm sure the fans are very happy too.

"I love this club and I want to stay here for the rest of my career."

And Glenn says the fuss regarding his substitution of Paolo on Monday has been disproportionate to what was merely a tactical change.

"He is in the team on Saturday after two good performances over Easter; he has a year to run on his contract and he is very much part of our plans, an important member of the side.

"I made the decision to change things on Monday and I don't see any call to justify that after we won the game."

Meanwhile, Glen Johnson has been called up for the England U19 squad to play Lithuania in this month's European Championship play offs.

England go to Lithuania on April 17th and the home leg will be at Nottingham Forest on April 21.