James impressed with Hammers keepers

Former Hammer David James has praise for Adrian and Darren Randolph
Former West Ham United goalkeeper and current BT Sport pundit David James has high praise for Hammers stopper Adrian.

The No13 may have been beaten four times at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, but still made a string of fine saves to continue his strong start to the campaign.

James, who won 53 caps for England in a 24-year playing career, should know a thing or two about goalkeeping and he has been impressed with both Adrian and Darren Randolph.

He said: "Adrian has impressed since he's come across from Spain - for two or three season now.

"Even when he missed a few games earlier this season, Darren Randolph came in and did very well, so I think there's a combination where the defence are helping the goalkeeper and vice-versa.

"It's all contributing to West Ham being a very strong side. Fortunately, and happily a side that look like they are going to finish well up in the top half of the league and not be involved at the other end.

"It will be a sad time for West Ham to leave the Boleyn Ground, but if Man City are a good example of leaving their spiritual home then perhaps West Ham can follow in their footsteps and who knows, there could be European success ahead."

James made 91 league appearances for the Hammers in a two-and-a-half-year stint in E13 and he still has plenty of fond memories of east London.

He continied: "I've got plenty of memories of this place, it's funny being in the home changing room again actually. It's slightly different, but there's definitely an essence of the changing room when I first came in when the new stand was built.

"There were so many memories playing here. I got injured playing for England before my debut for the Club, missed a few games, eventually made my debut against Tottenham and lost 1-0. That was memorable.

"We got relegated, which was sad. I stayed here in the Championship, and I think strangely playing essentially as England's No1 with West Ham in the Championship made me very proud.

"It meant I could stay with the Club - I was part of the reason why we didn't stay in the league, despite our record-breaking relegation points total, but I felt I had to represent the fact I wanted to be at the Club. I was proud to be a West Ham player.

"Alan Pardew came in and eventually we decided to part company, but I was very proud of the time I was here, and coming back here the reception from the fans is always very good."