Family affair for Edgar

One West Ham United player will have particular interest in whether Academy graduate Jermain Defoe lines up for England on Saturday evening - his cousin Anthony Edgar.

The Hammers youngster has just signed a new deal with the club to cap a memorable month for his family that had Defoe's inclusion in Fabio Capello's FIFA World Cup squad as the stand-out event. Flying winger Edgar, 19, revealed he could not wait to see if his relative plays against the United States.

"I spoke to Jermain the other day," he said. "We went round to his Mum's house [before he left for South Africa] and had a celebration. It was great. He made a speech and everyone was buzzing for him. Hopefully he can go out there and play some games and score some important goals.

"It's looking like Emile Heskey is going to start in front of him, but all Jermain needs to do is to keep his head down and, if he gets some minutes on the pitch, to make an impact by scoring or creating a goal. He just needs to do what he does best. He's a great player and I look up to him."

Edgar travelled with Alex Dyer's squad to the recent HKFC IP Global International Soccer Sevens in Hong Kong, only to be ruled out of the tournament after suffering a calf injury in training.

Now back to full fitness, the teenager has been working out with former Academy team-mate Bondz 'Gala - who has agreed to join Plymouth Argyle next month - at a local health club.

Like his 27-year-old cousin, the young Hammer has spent a period on loan at AFC Bournemouth and is now fully focused on following him into West Ham's starting XI on a regular basis.

Edgar is the third youngster to agree a new professional contract in the past fortnight, following defenders Jordan Spence and Matt Fry.