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Team News: Rice captain as Hammers make six changes

Declan Rice


David Moyes makes six changes to his West Ham United team for Thursday night’s UEFA Europa League Group H meeting with Belgian Cup winners Genk.

The Hammers, who defeated Everton in their most recent Premier League fixture last weekend, will hope to reach the halfway stage of the group campaign by making it a perfect three wins from three tonight.

Declan Rice, who scored in both victories against Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Vienna in the competition so far, starts once again in the heart of the home side’s midfield, alongside Tomáš Souček, who has recovered from needing stitches in a facial injury sustained at Goodison Park.

Jarrod Bowen will lead the line up front, supported by Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Nikola Vlašić.

Alphonse Areola, who has kept clean sheets in both his West Ham United appearances to date, starts in goal, with a back four of Ben Johnson, Craig Dawson, Issa Diop and Aaron Cresswell in front of him.

Mark Noble and Ryan Fredericks return from injury to take places on the bench, while young defender Harrison Ashby and winger Dan Chesters are also among the substitutes.

West Ham United: Areola, Johnson, Dawson, Diop, Cresswell, Rice (c), Souček, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Vlašić, Bowen
Subs: Fabianski (GK), Randolph (GK), Fredericks, Ashby, Masuaku, Zouma, Ogbonna, Noble, Fornals, Chesters, Benrahma

Genk: Vandevoordt, Preciado, Cuesta, Lucumi, Arteaga, Thorstvedt, Hrošovský, Heynen (c), Bongonda, Onuachu, Ito
Subs: Chambaere (GK), Leysen (GK), McKenzie, Sadick, Trésor, Toma, Geusens, Eiting, Ugbo, Oyen, Paintsil, Németh

Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Lithuania)