Our Three Lions

After a disappointing few days for everyone connected with West Ham United, there was at last some good news on Saturday night as David James, Joe Cole and Trevor Sinclair were all named in the full England squad to face Holland in Amsterdam on Wednesday (February 13).

The trio were given a deserved call-up by Sven Goran Eriksson, who is likely to use the friendly against the Dutch as his last real squad 'experiment' before concentrating on the build-up to the World Cup finals in Japan and Korea this summer.

The inclusion of the three Hammers hopeful means that West Ham are the joint second highest providers of players to the squad, alongside Liverpool's three (Owen, Heskey and Gerrard) and behind Manchester United's five (Beckham, Scholes, G Neville, P Neville and Butt).

James will be hopeful of making a return to international football for the first time since last August when, ironically, he appeared in the friendly against Holland at White Hart Lane, only to be seriously injured just seconds after taking to the field as a half-time substitute.

Cole and Sinclair will both be looking to win their second caps under Eriksson and should get their chance following a number of impressive performances in front of the watching England boss recently.

While all three Hammers would have been confident of a call-up, there were some surprises in store from Eriksson, who included in-form strikers Michael Ricketts (Bolton) and Darius Vassell (Aston Villa), along with young defenders Wayne Bridge (Southampton) and Ledley King (Tottenham).

Former Upton Park stars Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are also named, while Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the scourge of Hammers fans with five goals in four games against us for Chelsea this season, is likely to be spearheading the Dutch attack alongside Manchester United goal machine Ruud Van Nistelrooy.


David James (West Ham United)
Nigel Martyn (Leeds United)
Richard Wright (Arsenal)

Wayne Bridge (Southampton)
Sol Campbell (Arsenal)
Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United)
Ledley King (Tottenham Hotspur)
Gary Neville (Manchester United)
Phil Neville (Manchester United)
Chris Powell (Charlton Athletic)
Gareth Sohuthgate (Middlesbrough)

Darren Anderton (Tottenham Hotspur)
David Beckham (Manchester United)
Nicky Butt (Manchester United)
Joe Cole (West Ham United)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
Trevor Sinclair (West Ham United)

Emile Heskey (Liverpool)
Michael Owen (Liverpool)
Kevin Phillips (Sunderland)
Michael Ricketts (Bolton Wanderers)
Darius Vassell (Aston Villa)

*Meanwhile, young Hammers striker Jermain Defoe has been called into the England under-21 squad to face Slovenia on Tuesday, February 12.