The top West Ham news for the Hammers on international break with their countries this week turned out to be Aaron Cresswell making his England debut Tuesday evening.
The 26-year-old left back Cresswell appeared in the 79th minute of the Three Lions 2-2 draw with Spain at Wembley Stadium, replacing Danny Rose of Tottenham. Cresswell didn't have much of a chance to make a positive or negative impact in the match, as he was not at fault for Spain's comeback from 2-0 down with a pair of goals in the contest's final six minutes.
Regardless of however the result would have played out, Tuesday evening served as quite the evening for Cresswell, a player who had never been capped at any level, youth or senior, for his country. It was quite the kind gesture from England interim manager Gareth Southgate, as Cresswell was chosen ahead of regular England backup left back Ryan Bertrand to come on for Rose.
Of course, Cresswell's debut cap does not mean he is assured of being an England regular for good now. Like teammate Michail Antonio, Cresswell is in a fierce battle for selection as England have arguably the best depth at left back in the world. Along with Rose and Bertrand, Cresswell is competing with the always talented Luke Shaw of Manchester United and the still formidable pair of Everton's Leighton Baines and Arsenal's Kirean Gibbs, just to name a few.
Nevertheless, it is quite an accomplishment for Cresswell to savor. And it is something that will continue spurring him on to being the quality player he has developed into.