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Hammers Abroad in June #4: Cresswell and Lanzini get their second caps

Argentina had it easy. England had it a whee bit harder

Argentina v Singapore Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

They may have had mostly contrasting seasons, but West Ham players Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini earned their second caps for their countries on Tuesday.

Lanzini made his first start ever for Argentina, in their expected rout of Singapore (yes, Singapore has a team) by the score of 6-0. The Little Jewel was active in his first XI debut for Jorge Sampaoli to cap off his memorable 2016-17 season for both club and now country. Although he didn’t score and was subbed off for Roma’s impressive Leandro Paredes in the 60th minute, Lanzini has certainly given himself a fine chance to factor in for Argentina’s next CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers.

Meanwhile, despite a mostly disappointing Hammers campaign for him, Cresswell received his latest appearance for England in their 3-2 loss to France in Paris. The left back came on for Phil Jones in the 82nd minute.

Cresswell did try to make an impact as the Three Lions looked for the equalizer against 10-men France, but getting a corner for England off a deflected pass. But Gareth Southgate’s side couldn’t find the leveler, as Cresswell produced the final kick of the game with an ambitious effort going well over Hugo Lloris’ bar.

And Cresswell was another England player who had a front row seat to the brilliance of Kylian Mbappe’s skill set.

And that concludes West Ham footballers and their 2016-17 seasons for both club and country.