Trev: Time Is Tight

Trevor Sinclair says it is up to the Hammers' quartet of England hopefuls to make it impossible for Sven-Goran Eriksson to leave them out.

With his eye on the friendly against Italy at Elland Road later this month he says: "I missed the last squad through illness, which was desperately disappointing for me, so I feel a bit out of it now. There is a lot of hard work to do but there are still nine or 10 games to go so it is up to me to put in some good performances.

"Hopefully I will get in the squad against Italy and if I am given the opportunity I will do my best."

Trevor is likely to return to the position he is most likely to represent England in at the weekend against Manchester United should Michael Carrick and Steve Lomas be available again in centre midfield - where Trevor has filled in for the last two games.

"Mr. Eriksson knows he is not going to play me centre midfield anyway, so I don't think it is going to hinder me," he says, "but if I am playing out there it will give him a better chance to look at me playing in a position he might be looking at.

"But he has seen me play there quite a few times and I have trained and played for England once so he knows what I am capable of."

He admits it is a race against time now and that nothing but a consistent finale for West Ham will be good enough to book a flight to Japan and Korea.

"It is difficult for all of us," he stresses, "and I don't even know whether I have got a chance with Michael, Joe, and David, but I feel that David is the more probable out of the four of us.

"I think it really does boil down to what kind of run-in we have in the last nine or 10 games."

But Trevor is sure of one thing - that Joe Cole could be a huge asset to his country this summer, and he explains: "If Joe can continue what he is doing and maybe a little bit more then he has got every chance. I don't know what Sven is thinking but with the amount of ability Joe has got he is a bit like a wild card.

"If you ever need a bit of magic late on in the game, he can definitely produce that.

"As for Michael, he could come back for the Manchester United game, though I would advise him not to rush it because there would be no point coming back for that then missing other games - but if he is back for that it would be a big boost for us, because he is quality."

If the desire to perform on the other side of the world this summer is strong, so too is the need to do the business up and down the motorway for the remaining four away games of the season.

In fact three of those games, including the as yet to be rearranged fixture at Arsenal, are in London, and Trevor says: "I can't believe that we haven't picked up more points away from home, especially in the Villa game where we deserved a point.

"A silly little mistake in the last 30 seconds of the game saw us getting punished ridiculously, and you saw the result of that against Everton where we spent the last three minutes of the game keeping it in the corner.

"But getting the three points was the most important thing last week, not the performance, and we were professional.

"All right, it wasn't a classic of a game but we got the three points on the board, which is all that matters."

Meanwhile, as far as Manchester United goes, a win at Upton Park on Saturday would not only be a first Premiership win over them at Upton Park - it would also be our first double of the season!