More than 10 West Ham players were on duty during the international break. From first-team players to loanees and youth starlets, West Ham had plenty of representation over the international weekend.

Here are three winners and three losers from the long weekend.

Bad week for…Declan Rice

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Declan Rice went into the international break hoping to shrug off his performance against Crystal Palace. The England international’s handball let Palace back into the game but he could forget about it with a good performance against Czechia.

However, Rice was part of the team that were stunned as the Czechs pulled off a 2-1 defeat. He then suffered a cold and missed the 6-0 win over Bulgaria. Rice’s stock has fallen but West Ham fans will back him to pull through.

Good week for…Andriy Yarmolenko

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Andriy Yarmolenko is going to Euro 2020. Ukraine won both of their qualifying games with Yarmolenko scoring against Portugal to seal qualification with a 2-1 win.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th career goal but Yarmolenko stole the show with his low left-footed shot. The 29-year-old has been in great form for the Hammers and he continued in that fashion for Ukraine.

Bad week for…Fabian Balbuena

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Fabian Balbuena can’t get a game for West Ham at the moment. And the Paraguay international can’t get a game for his country either. He was an unused substitute for both of the matches.


Balbuena watched on as Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron was sent off in the loss against Serbia. Then, the 28-year-old was left on the bench for the draw with Slovakia. Balbuena would have been hoping to prove a point to Manuel Pellegrini but he remains a peripheral player.

Good week for…Amadou Diallo

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Amadou Diallo wasted no time getting familiar with the international game. The 16-year-old was called up to the England U17 team for the first time in his career.

West Ham rate Diallo very highly and he showed why almost instantly. He scored on his England U17 debut against Germany in a game that ended 3-3. The teenager returns to West Ham in form and eager to break into the U23s.

Bad week for…Robert Snodgrass

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Robert Snodgrass knew it would be a tough task for Scotland at the beginning of the international break. But it ended up much worse than he could imagine. The 32-year-old played as Scotland were humiliated by Russia. The match ended 4-0 and killed off Scotland’s hopes of Euro 2020 qualification via the group stages.

Snodgrass then picked up a thigh injury, forcing him to miss the win over San Marino. And the veteran midfielder then decided it was a good time to announce his international retirement.

Good week for…Harrison Ashby

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While one Scotsman struggles, another thrived. Harrison Ashby is not a well-known name at West Ham yet but he is building up a good reputation in youth team circles.

The versatile defender has played a number of times for the U23 team this season – right across the back-line. Ashby took his West Ham form into the international break. The 17-year-old helped Scotland U19s to a shock 1-0 win over Germany – contributing to a clean sheet and ensuring qualification for his nation.

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