Big day for Junior

Junior Stanislas is being tipped to continue his emergence in the West Ham United first team this season after a brilliant breakthrough in the last campaign.

The England Under-21 attacker - he made his debut at that level in Tuesday's goalless draw in the Netherlands - could even start against Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon after impressing in pre-season. Stanislas, still only 19, scored two goals in nine appearances in the second half of the 2008/09 campaign.

Stanislas is fired up to get going again and may even be up against a familiar foe as Wolves have just signed his international team-mate Michael Mancienne on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

"It will be a good clash if we can both play," said Stanislas. "I am not sure where he will play, he can play centre-back or right-back. I have played against him when he was at Chelsea.

"We had a good week with England, he's a good lad and it would be great for us both to be on the pitch on Saturday with us winning of course. We're looking forward to it all starting now, we've worked hard all pre-season and it will be good for the season to begin."