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talkSPORT's Ian 'Moose' Abrahams looks ahead to an exciting summer for four Hammers at the Euro 2016 finals

I am sure all West Ham fans would agree with me that Mark Noble, Aaron Cresswell, Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio should have been strong contenders to play for England at Euro 2016.


But the Hammers will nevertheless still have four players at the tournament in Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna, Darren Randolph and James Collins.


All four have had to prove themselves this season to their national coaches and thoroughly deserve their chance to shine in the second biggest tournament they can feature in for their countries, outside the World Cup.


It wasn't so long ago that France head coach Didier Deschamps questioned Payet and his ability to produce the same form for his country.


Dimi proved otherwise, as the Hammer of the Year forced the France coach to have a rethink, with his outstanding performances and free-kicks.


Dimi should start for me in Paris in the opening game against Romania and show those in his homeland what we've been marvelling at here. France are my favourites and Dimitri could be one of the star performers at the tournament.


No-one could begrudge any of the Wales squad the right to be fiercely proud of making it to a first major tournament in more than 50 years, and to that end it is great to see Ginge back in the squad.


James and Wales manager Chris Coleman had a difference of opinion but, having sorted it out, Ginge is set to end a memorable season with a historic time in France.


"It's massive as ten or 12 years ago, with no disrespect to the teams or managers I have played under for Wales, we were meeting up and half-thinking ‘we haven’t got a chance of qualifying’.” Ginge told me.


"Now it’s a club feel, a lot more professional and we're doing well. Results speak for themselves and we've got some world-class players now, a real team spirit and a real bond. It's more than just Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, but obviously they are our main players. They are two tremendous players, so if we can use them to our advantage as we have been then all the better for us.”


Good luck to Ginge and Wales, except against England of course!


Shay Given is Ireland's number one goalkeeper, or he was until he got injured, allowing Darren Randolph his chance in qualifying – a chance he definitely took!


Darren never lets anyone down and although it must be hard being an understudy to Adrian at West Ham and Shay with Ireland, the quietly-spoken but incredibly friendly keeper definitely deserves his place in France. I hope he doesn’t go upsetting that mild-mannered Roy Keane though!


Finally to Angelo Ogbonna. I'll never forget the night against Liverpool in the FA Cup.


After his match-winning goal I spoke to him for the first time. With a beaming smile and grasp of English that has surprisingly improved dramatically over the months, Angelo really won me over.


He got better as the season went on and I was delighted that Antonio Conte picked him. I don’t think he'll get too much match time if all the Italians stay fit, but the experience can only benefit him going forward.


So we have four men, all having proved a point, but still with one to prove, on the eve of the biggest tournament of their lives. I've tipped France to win it, so what a summer if could be for West Ham's Player of the Year?


Wales could make the quarter-finals, certainly the last-16. Despite it being a long way off Italy's best squad, we know they will make the quarters or semis, and if Roy Keane has anything to do with it, Ireland will give it a really good go in a difficult group.


I have just arrived in Paris for my sixth major tournament for talkSPORT – wouldn't it be something if a West Ham player made a big impact in this tournament?


Don’t forget, you can tweet me throughout Euro 2016 @BroadcastMoose