Showdown for young duo

Hammers youngsters Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson and Marek Stech could go head to head on Tuesday in a decisive UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The Group 5 match in Jablonec nad Nisou on Tuesday will see Iceland bidding to reach the finals for the first time. Coached by centre-back Eyjolfsson's father Eyjolfur Sverrisson, Iceland could clinch at least a play-off place by beating the table-topping Czechs.

To do so, they may have to find their way past goalkeeper Marek Stech, who was on the bench for the Czechs in their 1-1 draw against Germany in Mlada Boleslav on Friday. That point left thems three points clear of Iceland before the final fixture. Both Hammers are 20 and a firm fixture in Alex Dyer's improving reserves.

The ten UEFA group winners and four runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their sections advance to the play-offs in October. The final tournament will be played between 11 and 25 June in Denmark next summer.

England - who have previously used James Tomkins, Junior Stanislas, Zavon Hines and Freddie Sears in this qualifying campaign, have to beat Lithuania on Tuesday to make sure of second spot in Group 9 and then hope they make the play-offs as one of that quartet of best runners-up.