Trevor In Sinc

Trevor Sinclair says that being in the England squad this week was a huge fillip for his confidence.

Like David James, Trevor was a part of the get together organised by Sven-Goran Eriksson and he says:

"It was a big boost because obviously when your team is not doing so well you do start to think 'am I going to get in it this time?' - but he seems to have stuck with me.

"It was only a training week, though, and not as important as a squad for the qualifiers - but it is always nice to be involved, and I enjoyed the week.

"Sometimes there is a bigger picture and he has to look at how the individuals are doing; I hope that is why I was in the squad, because he has looked at me and thought I am still giving my all.

"I hope he feels I have still been showing good character even if things aren't going as well as they could do."

Trevor knows that the good away form has to continue with the Hammers still looking for that first home win of the season, and he says:

"The away form has improved and that is good to see.

"We struggled against Liverpool but lots of teams are going to struggle at Anfield but overall we have done a lot better away and let's hope we can continue that at Villa before we get the home form on track.

"We have to go for it but every game that goes by at home the crowd are getting a bit edgy.

"That said, I don't think the players are - I think, because we have got the results away that we have got, it has kept us in touch with everyone else.

"We just need the crowd to get behind us like they did on Sunday every time we play at home.

"We can turn it around; we can't be so good at home last year and not be able to do anything this.

"Last season we got beaten at home by Manchester United whereas on Sunday we didn't so that is a step in the right direction.

"We have got Villa away tomorrow, then let's look at the next home game after that and continue from last season rather than this."

Trevor admits individual errors are proving costly but adds:

"It is difficult when those kind of things are happening but as professionals we have got to try and forget about it and get on with the game."

Trevor will again wear his mask at Villa Park to protect his cheekbone and he says:

"I have to keep it for another two or three weeks, but I don't mind."