Hammers to send strong squad to Hong Kong Soccer Sevens
West Ham United will send a strong squad to the 20th edition of the annual HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens tournament in Hong Kong.
Ben Johnson, Conor Coventry, Nathan Holland and Joe Powell, all of whom have featured for the first team, are part of a ten-man group which will head to the Far East.
Mark Phillips’ squad will also include goalkeeper Joseph Anang, defenders Jeremy Ngakia and Harrison Ashby, midfielders Louie Watson and Dan Kemp and centre forward Sean Adarkwa.
West Ham have been drawn in Group A alongside the host HKFC Captain’s Select, fellow English side Fulham and Portuguese club Portimonense, with the group stage taking place on Saturday 18 May.
Phillips said: “We have been regular participants in the Hong Kong Sevens for a number of years now and it’s always a very well-run and competitive tournament.
“We are taking a strong squad this year, with a nice blend of experience and youth. The boys always enjoy this trip at the end of the season and we enjoy great support from our many fans out there.
“We’re in a difficult group, but hopefully we can finish in the top two and give ourselves a chance of winning the Cup.”
A total of 16 teams are taking part in the 2019 edition of the popular tournament, which will draw thousands of Chinese and expatriate supporters to Happy Valley.
West Ham have a proud history at the Soccer Sevens, reaching the Cup final in 2015 and 2016, when they finished as runners-up to Atletico Madrid and Aston Villa respectively, and winning the Shield in 2017.
The Hammers reached the Shield final a year ago, when they were edged out 2-1 by Aston Villa.
West Ham United squad: Joseph Anang, Ben Johnson, Jeremy Ngakia, Harrison Ashby, Conor Coventry, Louie Watson, Dan Kemp, Nathan Holland, Sean Adarkwa, Joe Powell