England manager Roy Hodgson has given the thumbs up to West Ham stars.

He was impressed by a handful of the Hammers during a visit to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday, October 24, as the east London side defeated London rivals Chelsea 2-1.

Aaron Cresswell and Andy Carroll both hit the net to seal the three points and won praise from the national coach.

Hodgson also lauded efforts by James Tomkins, Carl Jenkinson and Mark Noble.

He told West Ham TV : “There are five English players and we know them well.

“Carl Jenkinson has already played for us, of course, and Andy Carroll was an important part of our Euro 2012 team.

“In Tomkins, Cresswell and Mark Noble, there are good football players who are quite capable of playing for England, but they face competition because one or two others who have done well over the last few years.”

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England face international friendlies against Spain and France next month.

Hodgson said: “Not only do these players have potential, but they have shown they are top-class players straight away, so I assume that everyone at West Ham must be delighted with the way the team is playing, the way the atmosphere is at the club and in the dressing room, because you can see a tremendous unity of spirit on the field.

“I imagine it is praise all-round and long may it continue.

“Everyone here knows and is wise enough to know the season is long and it’s great to get off to a good start, but there is still a lot of hard work to do to maintain this position until the end of the season.”

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