Video: West Ham flop scores first international goal in ten years

Razvan Rat lasted just eight months in London, but is still part of the Romanian national team.

When West Ham snapped up Romanian international Razvan Rat on a free transfer last summer it looked like something of a coup. A seasoned pro in the Champions League with Shakhtar Donetsk and a long time international with his country - he was certainly a talented player many were chasing.

In fact, the Hammers swooped in ahead of French giants Marseille to complete his signing last summer.

Rat became something of a cult hero among some fans. His onesie modelling has earned him fans in the stands as well as his eccentric and often amusing attitude - his decision to take the number eight shirt upon arrival certainly demonstrated that.

But in reality he was something of a flop at Upton Park. The 33-year-old featured just 15 times in the Premier League before leaving on a free transfer after just eight months - joining Spanish side Rayo Vallecano in the process.

But despite his club level troubles he is still a major force in the Romanian international set-up. He has 84 caps for his nation - but he is not a regular goal-scorer.

But last night he bagged his second ever goal for his country, firing home from close range in a 1-0 win against Albania.

It was a scrappy goal, but we doubt Rat will mind. It is his first goal for Romania since he netted against Germany in a stunning 5-1 Romanian victory ... in April 2004, more than ten years ago.

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