National call

Truly happy – David Moyes revels in West Ham starlet winning national call-up

David Moyes has expressed his delight at seeing Ben Johnson earn his first call-up to the England Under-21 side and stressed the West Ham United starlet continues to improve his game.

The Hammers boss has deployed Johnson at both right-back and left-back this season, asking him to step in whenever vacancies have opened up in the first team.

Johnson’s performances on the pitch have not gone unnoticed and England Under-21 boss Lee Carsley handed him his first call-up for their upcoming Euro 2023 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra.

Moyes expressed his delight at seeing Johnson earn a call-up to represent his country and stressed that he had done well for the club.

The West Ham manager added that Johnson is a young player who is constantly improving his game and well deserves an opportunity to win his first England cap.

Asked about Johnson winning a call-up to the England Under-21 camp, Moyes said at a press conference: “I’m really happy for Ben.

“He is a young player who is improving and we are delighted, he deserves it.

“There is competition at right-back and he has done well for us.”

After impressing during the team’s first formation this season, the Hammers recently triggered an option in Johnson’s contract to extend his tenure for a further two years.