Former West Ham United hero Joe Cole has lifted the lid on who will be covering the club’s return to European competition for BT Sport.

David Moyes led West Ham to their best ever Premier League points haul last season.

The Hammers finished sixth, just three points off sealing fourth place.

But it was enough for West Ham to secure Europa League group stage football for the first time.

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Hammers fans relishing European tour

And West Ham fans are massively excited about their forthcoming European tour.

The Europa League has been completely revamped this season to mirror the Champions League format. It means 32 teams instead of 48, less games and the group winners go straight through to the last 16 knockouts.

West Ham have been made favourites to do just that having been grouped with Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Wien.

Moyes’s boys kick off their Europa adventure with probably the toughest game of the group campaign, away at Dinamo in Croatia.

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With tickets sparse, thousands of West Ham fans will be tuning in to watch Europa away games on TV

Thousands of West Ham fans will travel abroad to soak up the atmosphere even though only 1,243 tickets are available to attend the game – where supporters could be subject to alcohol level testing.

Thousands of West Ham fans will be tuning in to watch the game on television, with BT Sport holding the rights to broadcast UEFA competitions.

 

And former Hammer of the Year turned pundit Cole has revealed he and namesake Carlton Cole will be fronting BT’s coverage of West Ham’s Europa League matches.

Cole told The Athletic he believes West Ham can win the competition, claiming the Hammers have a better team and players than current holders Villarreal.

And he revealed he can’t wait to team up with Carlton to go Over Land and Sea with the Hammers.

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All aboard the Cole train over land and sea

“It’s been so exciting,” Cole told The Athletic.

“When clubs like West Ham get into Europe, the fans buy into it so much. I know so many people who plan on travelling and I’m looking forward to going to the stadiums.

“I’ll be covering the games with Carlton Cole, so two ex-West Ham players. It’s going to be a big event for the club and I think West Ham will give a good account of themselves.

“When West Ham fans get behind the team they’re as good as anyone. I think the European nights for the club will put hairs on the back of your neck.”

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