West Ham boss Slaven Bilic may have signalled his intention to throw in the towel on their European adventure in order to get a good start in the Premier League.

He plans to take only six senior players for the Irons’ Europa League qualifier and field a second string team for the second leg of the third qualifying round against Romanian hosts Astra Giurgiu on Thursday, August 6.

And the gaffer is believed to have left all players in contention to start the Saturday, August 8 clash back in east London.

The Mirror reported Carl Jenkinson – who will feature in the Europa game – thinks the Hammers do have “the quality and desire to keep their European dreams alive”.

Jenkinson, who was accompanied on board the flight to Bucharest by first-team players Kevin Nolan, Manuel Lanzini and Modibo Maiga said: “We have got a lot of quality throughout our squad, it speaks for itself.

“The boss has said that he has had to leave a few players at home with one eye on Sunday’s game but the players who came are top players, otherwise you don’t play for West Ham in the Premier League.

“We will have a good team out, we have more than enough ability in this team to win the game.”

West Ham let a 2-0 lead slip to draw the previous match 2-2, with the play-off round to be drawn on Friday.