Sunday 6 September 2015

Ex-Hammer hits European heights

Truly Evergreen!
The international break can be a real snoozefest, broken only by the opportunity to reflect upon why Wicked Woy Hodgson has so little time for all things Hammers, while hoping none of our stars from other countries get injured.

The current West Ham squad is blessed with a healthy contribution from the Republic of Ireland with Darren Randolph in goal, Joey O'Brien at full back and young Josh Cullen pushing into the first team squad.

But its ex-Hammer Robbie Keane who has grabbed the headlines by scoring a brace as Ireland piccked up three points against Gibraltar. That in itself is no big deal apart from the fact that it brings his international haul to a massive 67 goals in 140 appearances!!!. Keane is now ranked 5th in the all time list of European international goalscorers. He is one goal short of Gerd Muller in fourth and three from Miroslav Klose in third. However, at age 35 he is unlikely to pass out top scorer Ferenc Puskas who amassed 84 goals.

Sadly for West Ham, Keane was not able to translate that form to his brief nine match contribution to the club. Playing in the doomed Avram Grant era he struggled for fitness and managed just two goals as the Hammers took a deserved dive into the Chumpionship.

Either way, well done Robbie!

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