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Former West Ham favourite Chris Powell gets big call to join England staff under Gareth Southgate

There will be two West Ham United favourites in the England squad this week.

Current Hammers hero Declan Rice has once again been called up by Gareth Southgate as England prepare for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Andorra.

And he will be joined by a very familiar face to West Ham fans, Chris Powell.

The former left-back made nearly 50 appearances for West Ham in the twilight of his career.


Powell was a key experienced head in helping Alan Pardew’s side win promotion from the Championship.

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Powell’s big impression in a short time at West Ham

His attitude, workrate and leadership endeared him to Hammers fans.

West Ham supporters also got a glimpse of just how important Powell was behind the scenes with the release of Bobby Zamora’s Play-Off Diary DVD following the club’s promotion to the Premier League after beating Preston North End back in 2005.

He proved a great role model for the likes of West Ham captain Mark Noble.

Powell was also often spotted in the crowd with West Ham fans watching a game after leaving the club.

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Former Hammers favourite gets England call

And who can forget his iconic promotion celebrations with a Hammers scarf tied around his head.

Now Powell will join up with Rice and the rest of the Three Lions squad after being named as a new addition to Southgate’s senior men’s coaching staff through to next summer’s UEFA EURO 2020 (The

Powell is the most senior appointment as part of the FA’s BAME Elite Coach Placement Programme.

The programme is in place across the England men’s teams throughout the 2019-20 season.

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Ex West Ham man Riza also gets England call

He will be joined by another former player turned coach with links to West Ham, Omer Riza.

Riza was a promising striker who had been released by Arsenal when he was snapped up by then West Ham manager Harry Redknapp back in 1999.

But with the likes of Paolo Di Canio ahead of him, he failed to make a single appearance for West Ham’s first team in three years under Redknapp. After a series of loan spells eventually left for Cambridge United in 2002.

Riza will be working with England’s Under 16s.

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