Young internationals in action

West Ham United's youngsters continue to impress at international level.

Following Rob Hall's match-winning display in England Under-19's 1-0 victory over Denmark last Thursday evening, young professional Sebastian Lletget took centre-stage on Saturday.

The San Francisco-born midfielder (pictured) started as a United States U20 side drew 0-0 with Azerbaijan in Duisburg, Germany. Lletget had the best chance of the game for the team, curling a layoff from Bobby Wood just wide of the goal in the first half.

The fixture was held as part of a 36-man training camp which ends on Tuesday, with those involved hoping to be part of the US squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games CONCACAF qualifying tournament in January.


Marek Stech, recalled from his loan at Yeovil Town, was also in action on Saturday, with the goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet as Czech Republic won 1-0 in Armenia in 2013 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifying Group 3. Stech had to save from Artak Aleksanyan's shot midway through the opening period, but was otherwise largely untroubled in Yerevan.

The Czechs are a point clear at the top of their group, but do not return to qualifying action until they entertain second-place Montenegro in June 2012.

The next Hammers to step on to the international stage will be Matthias Fanimo and Blair Turgott, who have both been named in England's U18 squad for a friendly in Slovakia on Wednesday.

The duo have long been part of the national team set-up, with Turgott helping England to reach the UEFA European U17 Championship semi-finals and FIFA U17 World Cup quarter-finals earlier this year.

With Leo Chambers (England U17) and Kieran Sadlier (Republic of Ireland U18) also regulars for their respective nations, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future.