During the international break, West Ham have five youngsters ready for junior action.

While all the senior international teams will catch the eye, the youth sides also have games to play.

The Hammers, who take pride in their academy, will release five youngsters for international duty this week.

Here are the players set to represent their country, who they are playing and how we expect them to do.

Players in action

Two youngsters will represent England at youth level. Nathan Trott is with the under-20 side and Ajibola Alese will join the under-18 team.

Ajibola-Joshua Alese of England Under 17 (Right) during the UEFA Under-17 Championship Semi-Final match between England U17s against Netherlands U17s at Proact Stadium, Chesterfield FC, England on 17 May 2018. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

There are also two Irishmen; Josh Cullen with the under-21s and Conor Coventry with the under-19 side.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Nebyla will represent Slovakia at under-17 level.


On Thursday afternoon, Trott’s England’s under-20 side take on Switzerland before travelling to Katwijk to take on the Netherlands. Both games are friendlies.

Alese is taking part in the Limoges Tournament in France with England under-18. On Friday, England take on Russia before a Sunday clash with France. Earlier today, England triumphed 3-0 over Holland.

Coventry has a double header against Wales on Sunday and Tuesday – both games are friendlies. Cullen’s under-21 side face Kosovo and Germany in Euro under-21 qualifiers.

Nebyla will face Sweden’s under-17 team in a friendly on Thursday, having already played them on Tuesday.


Will they play?

Goalkeeper Trott is in competition with Ellery Balcombe (Boreham Wood) and Will Huffer (Leeds United) for a starting spot.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Nathan Trott of West Ham United in action during the Liverpool v West Ham United PL2 game at The Kirkby Academy on September 2, 2018 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Centre-half Alese only appeared as a late substitute for England’s under-18 side against Holland but with two games left, he’ll be hopeful of action.

Midfielder Cullen is a regular for the Irish under-21s and Coventry should get minutes for the under-19 team in the friendly matches against Wales.

Nebyla – who is also a midfielder – will surely get game time for Slovakia’s youngsters.

Who are they up against?

Cullen faces the biggest challenge with Germany’s under-21 side notoriously packed with talent.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 08: Josh Cullen of West Ham in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on April 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Benjamin Henrichs (Monaco) already has senior Germany caps to his name and others are regulars in the Bundesliga, so Cullen’s midfield ability will be tested.

The majority of the players Coventry will come up against play in the English leagues. The main Welsh players to look out for include Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Neco Williams (Liverpool) and Ryan Astley (Everton).

How can this help West Ham?

Trott is the third choice goalkeeper at West Ham so he needs as much game time as possible in case there is an injury to Lukasz Fabianski or Adrian.

Alese is some way off being first-team ready but playing international football is a positive step.

Cullen is currently out on loan at Charlton Athletic but if he impresses for club and country, perhaps he has a future at West Ham. It is a make or break year for the youngster.

Coventry is a talent and is held with high regard so fans will be keeping an eye on his displays for Ireland.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Adam Lewis of Liverpool and Conor Coventry of West Ham United in action during the Premier League 2 game between Liverpool and West Ham United at The Kirkby Academy on September 2, 2018 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Nebyla predominantly plays for the under-18 side at West Ham so he will have to bide his time before he gets a senior look-in.

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