Our Hammers Abroad series, covering West Ham players when they are on international duty with their countries, is back with this June wave of either experimental friendlies or important major tournament qualifiers.
On Friday, we celebrated Manuel Lanzini’s debut with Argentina in their 1-0 friendly win over Brazil in Melbourne, Australia. Later in the day, centerback Jose Fonte received another start for Portugal, as they expectedly defeated Latvia 3-0 behind two goals from, you guessed it, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Fonte did have a shaky moment, as he could have easily been called for a handball in the first half, representing how the reigning European Champions struggled with the host side. But Fonte was the key provider of the first goal, as his fine header hit the Latvian post, only for Ronaldo to have an easy header from a yard out to give Portugal the lead.
On Saturday, Robert Snodgrass secured another cap and start for Scotland, but didn’t factor much in his country’s exciting, dramatic 2-2 draw over eternal rivals England.
And in England youth international action (and no, not the Under-20 World Cup, as no Hammers are apart of Paul Simpson’s finalists side), West Ham U20 product Daniel Kemp was apart of his country’s winning effort in the prestigious Toulon youth tournament.