Arbeloa - I want to help my team-mates

Arbeloa works hard in training
West Ham defender Alvaro Arbeloa is determined to keep battling hard as he looks to win back his place in the team ahead of a busy schedule for the east London Club.

Arbeloa has only made three appearances following his move during the summer, but the former Real Madrid defender is keen to get more game time under his belt.

The Hammers are now preparing for five big games against Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool and the 33-year-old would love to be involved at some stage.

With Slaven Bilic changing to a new wing-back system in recent weeks, Arbeloa has struggled to break into the side, but he is ready to take his chance when it becomes available.

Arbeloa said: “I want to help my team-mates, the coach and I am giving my best in every training session.

“Hopefully I will get the chance to play soon.

“The most important thing is we need the points and we need to win games. We now have five very tough games but all of us believe we can win games and that is the most important thing.”

Arbeloa had nothing but praise for the way England played against Spain at Wembley on Tuesday night.

The former World Cup winner was keen to watch his former team-mates in action and says they were fortunate to come away with a 2-2 draw.

Arbeloa added: “I watched the game and thought it was a really good match, especially for England. They played very well.

“England have a very good squad and I think they could do very well in the next World Cup.

“England made a lot of changes in the second half and Spain obviously scored two goals right at the end but I still thought England played really well.

“Of course I miss being there because I have great memories with the national team, but I am now supporting them.”