A France Under 21 star who recently switch allegiance to England has revealed he supports West Ham United.
Colchester born goalkeeper Etienne Green moved to France with his family when he was just four.
The goalkeeper was named after Saint-Etienne by his mother, who is from the French city.
And the aptly named Saint Etienne stopper has revealed why he follows West Ham after switching allegiance to England and getting a call-up for the latest Under 21s squad.
But his West Ham mad uncle is his biggest influence when it comes to his allegiance at club level.
Green is set to play for England Under 21s this week as they face Romania in a friendly before a Euro qualifier against Kosovo.
In Ligue 1, Green will come up against the great Lionel Messi this season. But the self-professed West Ham fan says he would love to play in the Premier League one day too (talkSPORT).
“I do watch the Premier League,” Green told talkSPORT.
“I don’t really have a favourite team but my uncle supports West Ham, so I have to say West Ham!
“From what I’ve seen, the Premier League has great intensity but nowadays in Ligue Un we have great players. It’s quite unbelievable to have Messi in Ligue Un, it’s crazy.
“For now I’m focusing on my club, but one day I would like to play in the Premier League.”
West Ham are well served for goalkeepers right now with Frenchman Alphonse Areola on loan for the season competing with Lukasz Fabianski and Darren Randolph as third choice.
David Moyes will be looking to evaluate whether Areola, 28, is the man to succeed Fabianski as West Ham’s new number one long-term.
The Polish star is likely to leave at the end of the season. So it may be the Hammers need a new number two in the near future.
So perhaps West Ham could look to make Green’s dreams come true by one day bringing him to the Premier League and the club he supports.
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