On this day - 11 June

Anniversary (1)

South Africa 1-1 Mexico
FIFA World Cup finals Group A
11 June 2010, Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa

Five West Ham United players went to the FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa in 2010 - Robert Green, Matthew Upson, Valon Behrami, Jonathan Spector and Guillermo Franco.

South Africa opened the eagerly-anticipated tournament by hosting Franco's Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Friday 11 June 2010, with the Hammers No10 wearing the No9 for the Central Americans.

Siphiwe Tshabalala belted the host nation into the lead ten minutes after half-time before Franco was withdrawn with 17 minutes remaining. Six minutes later, Rafael Marquez equalised for Mexico and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Mexico were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Argentina - the country of Franco's birth. The striker made 23 appearances for West Ham during the 2009/10 season, scoring five goals.

Anniversary (2)

England 2-1 Slovakia
2004 UEFA European Championship Group 7 qualifier
11 June 2003, Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

West Ham United had links to both sides when England hosted Slovakia at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium in a 2004 UEFA European Championship qualifier on this day in 2003.

Hammers goalkeeper David James lined-up between the sticks for the home side, while Academy graduate Frank Lampard and future West Ham defender Matthew Upson were also in the England starting XI. Vladimir Labant, the left-back who had recently departed the Boleyn Ground to return to former club Sparta Prague, started for the Slovaks but lasted only 39 minutes before being replaced.

Before Labant's departure, Vladimir Janocko fired Slovakia into a shock lead against Sven-Goran Eriksson's side. After half-time, however, it was a different story as Michael Owen converted a penalty before heading the winner for England with 17 minutes remaining on his 50th appearance for his country.

England would go on to qualify for EURO 2004 by finishing unbeaten and top of Group 7 ahead of runners-up Turkey.