Team news: Haller and Fornals make West Ham debuts against Fulham

Team news


Manuel Pellegrini has named his starting XI for West Ham United's pre-season friendly with Fulham and record signing Sebastien Haller and Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals both make their debuts for the side. 

Having both linked up with the Hammers for the first time this week at Rush Green, Haller and Fornals will both start today's match at Craven Cottage against Scott Parker's Championship opponents. 

An attacking starting XI also features Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini, with the Brazilian and Argentinian working with Fornals to support Haller in the attack. 

Declan Rice starts in midfield for West Ham, with the England international joined by his fellow countryman Jack Wilshere in the centre of the park. 

In defence, Aaron Cresswell starts at left-back and captains Pellegrini's Irons. At right-back, Academy graduate Ben Johnson features, while the centre-back pairing will be Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop. Hammer of the Year Lukasz Fabianski is in goal. 

Ten Irons will be on the bench this afternoon. Summer signing Roberto is joined by Pablo Zabaleta, Carlos Sanchez, Arthur Masuaku and Josh Cullen. Scottish international Robert Snodgrass is also among the substitutes, as is Grady Diangana, Andriy Yarmolenko, Michail Antonio and Chicharito. 

West Ham United starting XI: Fabianski; Johnson, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell (c); Rice, Wilshere, F.Anderson, Fornals, Lanzini; Haller

Substitutes: Roberto, Zabaleta, Sanchez, Masuaku, Cullen, Snodgrass, Diangana, Yarmolenko, Antonio, Chicharito