Monday 31 May
Updated Monday 31 May 09:00

West Ham United's Summer Internationals - All You Need To Know



The 2020/21 Premier League season may have concluded, but a number of West Ham United players will have to wait a little longer before enjoying a well-earned holiday!

Vladimír Coufal, Łukasz Fabiański, Jesse Lingard, Declan Rice, Tomáš Souček and Andriy Yarmolenko are all in their respective national squads and could take part in the delayed UEFA European Championship finals, which will take place across the continent from Friday 11 June until Sunday 11 July.

Darren Randolph is in the Republic of Ireland squad, Saïd Benrahma has been called up by Algeria for three friendly internationals, Fabian Balbuena could be involved at the Copa America with Paraguay, and Frederik Alves is on Denmark duty at the UEFA European U21 Championship finals.

Conor Coventry has three Republic of Ireland U21 friendlies, while Academy stars Jamal Baptiste, Amadou Diallo and Michael Forbes have been included for U19 training camps for England and Northern Ireland respectively.


When and where are our Hammers in action?

It's a BUSY summer of international football, so they are in action a lot!

Let's start in Europe, where six Hammers could be off to the UEFA Euro 2020 finals, which are being held at various locations across the continent.

Declan Rice is almost certain to be in the England squad, while Jesse Lingard will hope to join him after being named in the provisional 33-man selection.

Gareth Southgate's squad host Austria and Romania in warm-up matches at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium on Wednesday 2 June and Sunday 6 June respectively.

After returning to St George's Park, the Three Lions will head south to Wembley Stadium, where they kick-off their Euro 2020 challenge by facing their 2018 FIFA World Cup conquerors Croatia on Sunday 13 June.

England's second Group D opponents are Scotland, who visit Wembley on Friday 18 June, before concluding the opening stage by facing Souček, Coufal and the Czech Republic on Tuesday 22 June.


Declan Rice in action for England


The Czechs travel to Bologna for their first warm-up fixture against Italy on Friday 4 June before hosting Albania in Prague on Tuesday 8 June.

The two Hammers then head for Glasgow to face Scotland in their own Group D opener at Hampden Park on Monday 14 June. After tackling Croatia at the same venue on Friday 18 June, they travel to Wembley to take on England.

Poland will prepare for their Group E campaign by hosting Russia and Iceland in warm-up matches in Wroclaw and Poznan on Tuesday 1 June and Tuesday 8 June respectively.

Fabiański and company will then travel to St Petersburg in Russia for their opening group-stage fixture with Slovakia on Monday 14 June, before crossing Europe to tackle Spain in Seville five days later, then heading back to St Petersburg to face Sweden on Wednesday 23 June.

Yarmolenko, who was named in Ukraine's provisional squad, could be involved in three warm-up matches against Bahrain, Northern Ireland and Cyprus.

Ukraine then head to Amsterdam to face Netherlands in their Group C opener on Sunday 13 June, before taking on North Macedonia and Austria in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday 17 June and Monday 21 June respectively.

The only European in non-competitive action will be Randolph, whose Republic of Ireland squad face away friendly matches in Andorra on Thursday 3 June and Hungary on Tuesday 8 June.


Backstory: Saïd Benrahma | West Ham United


Further afield, Benrahma and Algeria have three friendly internationals in the diary against Mauritania on Thursday 3 June and Mali on Sunday 6 June, both at home, before travelling to Tunisia on Friday 11 June.

And in South America, Balbuena's Paraguay have FIFA World Cup qualifiers away to Uruguay on Thursday 3 June and home to Brazil on Tuesday 8 June. He could then be involved in the Copa America in Argentina, where Paraguay face Bolivia, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay in Group A, with all the group-stage ties taking place between 13-27 June.

Last but not least, Alves and Denmark face Germany in the 2021 UEFA European U21 Championship quarter-finals in Hungary on Monday 31 May, while Coventry's Republic of Ireland U21s host Switzerland on Sunday 30 May and a double-header with Australia on Wednesday 2 June and Saturday 5 June respectively.


How can I watch them?

All UEFA European Championship matches will be shown live in the UK by either the BBC or ITV.

England's warm-up matches will be shown by ITV, while other nations' warm-up matches will be on Sky Sports.

The Copa America will be broadcast exclusively live in the UK by the BBC, while Paraguay's World Cup qualifiers will be screened by Premier Sports.

The UEFA European U21 Championship knockout stages will be shown by Sky Sports.


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