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Crazy 55-year-old West Ham record could be broken tonight when England face Czech Republic
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Crazy 55-year-old West Ham record could be broken tonight when England face Czech Republic

A West Ham United record that has somehow stood for 55 years could be broken tonight.

West Ham fans are proud of the club’s connection to England’s only ever major tournament win in 1966.

Indeed many Hammers fans proclaim West Ham are the only English club side to have won the World Cup such was the influence of the great Bobby Moore as Three Lions skipper and final goalscorers Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst.

And West Ham fans are quick to remind rival supporters they won the World Cup when teased about the club’s lack of trophies.

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England vs Czech Republic takes on new significance for West Ham

Current West Ham hero Declan Rice is looking to end 55 barren years for England by helping Gareth Southgate’s side to Euro 2020 success.

But he will come up against his West Ham teammates Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal in a tussle to decide who finishes where in Group D.

What many West Ham fans might not know, though, is that a club record that has stood since the World Cup final in 1966 could be broken tonight.

That’s because if Rice, Soucek and Coufal take part in the game – as is expected – it will be the first time three West Ham players have been on the pitch at the same time at an international tournament since the 1966 World Cup final.

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Crazy 55-year-old West Ham record could be broken by Rice, Soucek and COufal

Given the influx of foreign talent to the Premier League and number of international players West Ham have produced over the last six decades that is some record. And a great quiz question for Hammers fans.

There has been some speculation that Rice, Soucek and Coufal may be rested now that England and the Czechs have secured safe passage to the last 16 no matter what happens in tonight’s games.

But both England and the Czechs will want to try and top the group to secure an easier – on paper at least – last 16 match. Therefore the three West Ham stars will more than likely start the game at Wembley.

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Records are made to be broken

West Ham fans will be fascinated to see the Premier League’s best midfield partnership come head-to-head as Rice tries to shackle his Hammers teammate Soucek.

And whoever plays wide left for England faces a tough task to get the better of West Ham hero Coufal.

As the old saying goes records are made to be broken. Now it seems this particularly quirky one is set to fall.

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