Roy Hodgson gives his verdict on West Ham's start to the season

Roy Hodgson on air

Roy Hodgson has been impressed with West Ham so far this term.

England manager Roy Hodgson has told the West Ham United official website that the Hammers' start to the season has been brilliant.

Hodgson guided his England side to an impressive 100% winning record during qualification for the 2016 European Championships, and a number of West Ham players will be looking to impress ahead of the tournament, in a bid to earn a place in Hodgson's squad.

The likes of Carl Jenkinson, James Tomkins, Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble and Andy Carroll have all been impressive so far this season, and are certainly putting themselves in contention for a place in France next summer.

All five have played their part in West Ham's stunning start to the season, which has seen them take third place in the Premier League table following wins over Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.

New manager Slaven Bilic has West Ham just two points off top spot, and he has been earning plaudits left, right and centre in recent weeks.

Now, England boss Hodgson has given his verdict on West Ham's start to the season during an interview with the club's official website, stating that the Hammers' summer signings have been exceptional - and that the atmosphere around Upton Park is a huge factor in their success.

"It’s very good," said Hodgson. "I think they’ve started the season quite brilliantly and some of the players brought in by Slaven and the owners have really shown that they are top-class players."

"Not only do they 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 the season is long and it’s great to get off to a good start," he added.

With more impressive displays for West Ham, those five aforementioned English players will be knocking on the door for England call-ups - and Hodgson would surely find it hard to leave them out if they continue to play like this.

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