Thursday 03 Sep
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West Ham United's UEFA Nations League quintet - All you need to know

Lukasz Fabianski

 

Five West Ham United stars have jetted off to represent their countries in the opening two rounds of the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League.

Midfielder Declan Rice is in Gareth Southgate's England squad, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and forward Andriy Yarmolenko have been named in the Poland and Ukraine squads respectively, stopper Darren Randolph has been called-up by Republic of Ireland, while Czech Republic Footballer of the Year Tomáš Souček has also been summoned.

The Nations League was introduced in 2018 as a means of giving all of UEFA's 55 member nations meaningful football to play in between major tournaments and qualifying competitions.

Rice and England reached the four-nation finals, where they were beaten by the Netherlands in the semi-finals, before defeating Switzerland for third place.

This time around, England are in League A Group 2 alongside Belgium, Denmark and Iceland, Poland are in League A Group 1 with the Netherlands, Italy and Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine are in League A Group 4 with Spain, Switzerland and Germany.

Ireland are in League B Group 4 alongside Bulgaria, Finland and Wales, while the Czechs are in League B Group 2 with Scotland, Israel and Slovakia.

 

Andriy Yarmolenko

 

Where and when are our Hammers in action?

Yarmolenko will kick things off when Ukraine play host to Switzerland in League A Group 4 on Thursday 3 September at 7.45pm BST. The No7 will hope to add to his impressive tally of 37 goals in 86 international matches in Lviv. From there, Yarmo and his teammates will head to the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid, where they will take on Luis Enrique’s Spain on Sunday 6 September, also at 7.45pm BST.

Randolph could also be in action in League B Group 4 on Thursday evening, when Ireland travel to Sofia to face Bulgaria in a 7.45pm BST kick-off. The Boys in Green, including their 42-cap goalkeeper, then welcome Finland to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday 6 September at 5pm BST.

Fabianski and Poland have a daunting start on Friday, when they travel to 2019 runners-up Netherlands in Amsterdam in their opening League A Group 1 fixture. The Poles then stay on the road, visiting Stadion Bilino Polje on Monday 7 September to take on Bosnia and Herzegovina. Both matches kick-off at 7.45pm BST.

Souček, who helped his country qualify for UEFA Euro 2021 alongside England and has 25 caps to his name, begins League B Group 1 with a short trip to Bratislava to face Slovakia on Friday 4 September at 7.45pm BST, before returning home to host Scotland in Olomouc the following Monday 7 September, also at 7.45pm BST.

Rice and England have to wait until Saturday for their League A Group 2 opener, and the Hammer will will hope to add to his seven caps against Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday 5 September at 5pm BST, before the Three Lions travel to Copenhagen to face Denmark on Tuesday 8 September at 7.45pm BST.

 

Tomas Soucek

 

How can I watch them?

Sky Sports will be broadcasting UEFA Nations League football in the UK, while the tournament will be screened across the world by UEFA's broadcast partners. Click here for full details of where to watch.

England's two fixtures will both be shown on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

Ireland's two games will both be screened by Sky Sports Football, with the Finland match also on Sky Sports Main Event. The Main Event channel will also host the Czech Republic's home game with Scotland.

Poland's game in the Netherlands will be on Sky Sports Premier League, while  the remaining Poland, Czech Republic and both Ukraine matches will be available via the Red Button.

 

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