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West Ham United: Presenter drops claim on Michail Antonio

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On the latest YouTube video from Hammers Chat, presenter Gonzo has been speaking about all things West Ham United amid the international break. 

One of the players who will not be going on international duty is forward Michail Antonio, who has pulled out of the Jamaica squad due to logistical issues.

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Despite being due to report with the national side on Wednesday, the West Ham ace pulled out on Tuesday ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against the USA, Canada and Honduras.

Antonio said: “I remain fully committed to Jamaica and look forward to representing my in the future.”

David Moyes’ side do not pick up Premier League action again until 17th October with a trip to Goodison Park as they face Rafael Benitez’s Everton.

Discussing the 31-year-old’s decision not to join up with the Reggae Boyz, Gonzo had the following to say on the boost it could provide the Hammers.

“I’m just wondering, because he’s basically said he looks forward to being involved with them in the future, but he’s not going to play in these games.

“Now, it looks like they’re not going to qualify after these three games, they’ve been absolutely terrible, they’re in terrible form basically, so he wouldn’t have to play any international football for quite a while, anyway. That’s a really good thing. That’s really, really good news, let’s be perfectly honest.”

TIF Thoughts on Antonio’s decision…

Antonio has made an excellent start to the new campaign for the Hammers, with five goals in his six Premier League appearances to show for himself (via Transfermarkt).

We saw last month with Tottenham Hotspur how the international break can disrupt a side, with quarantine rules and injury issues plaguing the Lilywhites in September.

With this in mind, Antonio missing Jamaica’s games can only come as a positive for the Hammers with the 31-year-old avoiding game time and lengthy travel periods.

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