Hammers arrive in Denmark

West Ham United have touched down in Denmark ahead of a high-profile friendly match against FC Copenhagen on Wednesday night.

The Hammers had flown out of Heathrow Airport on Tuesday afternoon after an early-morning start for training at Chadwell Heath. Led by manager Sam Allardyce, the travelling party included a mixture of established first-teamers like Scott Parker and Kevin Nolan and some of the club's brightest young prospects including Jordan Brown and Cristian Montano.

After a short delay due to poor weather conditions, the flight took off with everyone in good spirits on the back of a successful training camp last week in Switzerland and a competitive match at Bishop's Stortford at the weekend. Bright sunshine greeted the squad when they touched down at Copenhagen Airport on the island of Amager, just outside the main city centre.

The squad gathered for dinner soon after arriving at the hotel. A light session was then planned for the morning ahead of the 8pm CET fixture at the Parken Stadium, when a large contingent of travelling fans are expected to cheer the Hammers on.

Allardyce is certainly expecting a good test for his men. They will come up against a Copenhagen side who will play in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round against either Shamrock Rovers of Ireland or FC Flora of Estonia next week. The Danish champions are expected to come through that tie and then compete for a place in the group stage proper.

The Hammers will travel back to England on Thursday ahead of this Saturday's game at Wycombe Wanderers. After that they have a game at Dagenham & Redbridge on the following Tuesday, before the first match at the Boleyn Ground this summer with the Saturday week visit of Real Zaragoza. The npower Championship gets under way on Sunday 7 August at home to Cardiff City.