Randolph - It is down to me to perform


Darren Randolph admits he is full of confidence following his performances at the European Championship Finals during the summer and hopes to play a major role for West Ham in the Europa League this season.

Randolph enjoyed one of the best moments of his career when he was picked to start in goal for the Republic of Ireland and played his part in helping them qualify from the group stage.

Despite being beaten by the host nation France in the last 16 of the competition, the Hammers keeper insists he will never forget the experience.

After signing a new four-year deal at the end of July, Randolph has been told he will be first-choice keeper in the Europa League and is now looking forward to making his first competitive start against Astra Giurgiu on Thursday night.

Randolph said: “It didn't feel like I had a break which is good in a way because I am full of confidence and enjoying my football. I am really enjoying being part of everything that is happening at West Ham.

“It was one of the best experiences of my career during the summer and I have enjoyed the last year-and-a-half. I just want it to continue for as long as possible.

“Playing at the Euros against those teams and players can only help you when you perform at that level and give you confidence.

“I had a good cup run last season and I ended up playing a number of games. If that happens again this season it is down to me to perform whenever I get the chance to play.

“If we can get into the group stages it will be good for me and the rest of the players who have worked just as hard. It is a great experience for us to play in different countries and sample different atmospheres. It will only benefit the team.”