Webbo: England Trio Fresh

Physio Simon Webster is glad that West Ham did not enter the Intertoto Cup this summer and feels that the England World Cup trio, especially, will benefit from not having been brought back too early.

Although the weekend's Sunday Telegraph, giving its predictions for the season, mysteriously and mistakenly says that West Ham's involvement in the UEFA Cup this season will make life difficult for Glenn Roeder, the Hammers boss of course declined the possibility of involvement in it because he felt the preceding Intertoto campaign would stretch the squad too early in the summer.

And Simon agrees: "It has given us a chance to bring the England players into things slowly and have a nice steady pre-season - it has been a good thing.

"They have worked hard and they will be ready for the start of the campaign."