"I'm over the moon!" - West Ham star Downing reacts to England recall

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West Ham United midfielder Stewart Downing has earned a recall to the England squad.

West Ham strengthen their squad over the summer after a disappointing 13th place finish under Sam Allardyce, and some of those new players have played starring roles this season.

Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have all earned plaudits for their impressive displays so far, but it's one of the existing players that has been rewarded the most.

Former Liverpool winger Stewart Downing had an underwhelming campaign last season, but with Allardyce switching to a 4-4-2 diamond, Downing's role changed massively.

Downing now plays behind two strikers, and has been enjoying the form of his life in West Ham's superb start to the season.

Those displays haven't gone unnoticed by England manager Roy Hodgson, who has recalled the 30-year-old after a two-year absence, and the former Middlesbrough wide man says he's ecstatic.

"I'm obviously over the moon," Downing told West Ham TV. "If I was being honest I didn't think I'd get picked, so to get picked is obviously a big thing for. I just need to keep playing well for West Ham and hopefully I'll get a couple more caps when I get away."

"These are very big games. Slovenia is a qualifier and you could say Scotland is a friendly, but I don't think we'll class it as a friendly," he continued.

"It'll be a tough game, but is one we want to win. I'm looking forward to being involved. I want to be involved, get a few more caps and put some performances in," added Downing.

The international recognition is just another sign that West Ham are a club on the up, and impressive performances will be rewarded - something that may well attract even more players to Upton Park.

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