Behrami a happy Hammer

Valon Behrami has spoken again about his happiness in England as a proud West Ham United player as he looks forward to a successful 2009.

Still only 23, the Switzerland midfielder has achieved much in the game - having played at the highest level in Italy and England as well as the Champions League, appeared at the 2006 World Cup and then represented the host nation at last summer's European Championship. For the coming year, Behrami is focused only on keeping the enjoyment factor.

"I am comfortable in England," said the energetic former Lazio favourite, who was unsurprisingly a former cross-country champion in his youth, said. "When I first arrived here I was very happy and this is the important thing for me. This is the goal in my job and what I want every time.

"[The success against Stoke] was a good win for us and I am happy with the result. We have to carry on doing this and collecting points to push us up the table." The users' man of the match in the 2-1 win on Sunday added that the squad could achieve even more, especially if they can start to take the initiative in matches.

"The character is good but we don't want to fall behind every time. We can't just switch on when we go behind, we need to switch on from the start because it's not always easy to come back."