David Gold shares Roy Hodgson’s reaction to West Ham defender’s performance against Southampton

England coach Roy Hodgson was apparently impressed with James Collins’s performance for West Ham United against Southampton on Monday.

West Ham United co-chairman David Gold has revealed on the club’s official website that England head coach Roy Hodgson was impressed with James Collins’s performance on Monday.

The 32-year-old defender started the Premier League game against Southampton at the Boleyn Ground and played for the entire 90 minutes.

The Wales international centre-back played an important role for the Hammers, as the London outfit returned to winning ways with a 2-1 comeback victory.

Collins took one shot, had a pass accuracy of 77%, won 75% of his headers, and made one interception, 11 clearances and three blocks.

“I know we have been missing Winston Reid through injury but I am sure he is thrilled with the way that James Collins is playing at the moment. He was immense against Southampton,” Gold has written on West Ham’s official website.

“The England manager was sitting behind me and he said 'wow, what a performance'. He felt it was a dogged and never-say-die attitude from an old pro. That is praise indeed from Roy.”

In nine Premier League appearances for West Ham so far this season, Collins has created one chance, has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 57%, and has won 29 headers, two dribbles and seven tackles.

West Ham will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they face Liverpool at home in the Premier League.

The London outfit are eighth in the standings at the moment with 29 points from 19 matches, six points behind Tottenham Hotspur, who are currently fourth and occupy the final Champions League spot.

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