Lars looking forward to London return

Former West Ham United defender Lars Jacobsen will be back in London with Denmark this week.

The right-back, who spent the 2010/11 campaign with the Hammers, is in his national team's squad for the international friendly meeting with England at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

The FC Copenhagen defender, who also played under Hammers boss Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers, is looking forward to returning to the stadium where he featured for Everton in their 2009 FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea..

"Im very excited to return to England and especially Wembley," said the 34-year-old, who has been capped 64 times. "I have played there in the FA Cup final in 2009 with Everton. It is an amazing venue that will forever be in my memory."

For Jacobsen, returning to London will also bring back less welcome memories of suffering relegation with West Ham three years ago. The Dane was a consistent figure that season, but was unable to prevent the Hammers from finishing bottom of the Premier League table.

Despite the disappointment of relegation, Jacobsen looks back fondly on his time at the Boleyn Ground.

"The relegation was very disappointing for everybody in and around West Ham but I still remember the time I had West Ham as very positive," he revealed.

"I played regularly and I particularly remember the home win against Tottenham [in September 2010]. The atmosphere at The Boleyn was very supporting throughout the season, even though the results were poor.

"I still watch the games in front of the telly and I am very happy that the club is doing well and is climbing the table. I still have contact with some of the players and staff."

Lars Jacobsen

Lars Jacobsen in action against Real Madrid earlier this season

One player Jacobsen knows well is centre-back Winston Reid, who grew up in Denmark himself after moving there as a child.

Like Jacobsen, Reid joined West Ham in summer 2010 following his appearance the FIFA World Cup. After a difficult first season, the New Zealand-born defender has emerged as one of the top defenders in the Barclays Premier League.

"Winston was a big talent when I was at the Club," Jacobsen confirmed. "Now he is a vice-captain and and a fully matured player who is big, strong and powerful.

"I think he fits in perfectly as a top centre-half in the Premier League."

While Reid and West Ham are seeking the points needed to secure their Barclays Premier League place for next season, Jacobsen and his FC Copenhagen team-mates have their own ambitions.

Captaining a side containing the likes of former Aston Villa and Sweden defender Olof Mellberg and ex-Cardiff City and Denmark striker Andreas Cornelius, the veteran full-back is targeting a fifth Danish Superliga title of his illustrious career.

"The ambition is to win the league," he confirmed.

England's friendly meeting with Denmark will kick-off at 8pm on Wednesday, with the game being screened live on ITV1.