Aaron Cresswell promises West Ham are prepared for Europe

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers will be taking part in the Europa League next season.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Watford's Juan Paredes

Speaking to the club’s official website, West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has promised they are more prepared for European football this season.

The Hammers have qualified for the Europa League next season after they secured a seventh place finish in the Premier League last year.

They will be hoping to go further than they managed last season when they crashed out in the early stages.

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Swansea City's Leroy Fer

West Ham had qualified for the competition via the Fair Play League, but only made it to the third qualifying round before a loss to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu.

They opted to play the youngsters in those qualifying games and struggled with the early start to the season, but Cresswell insists that they are more prepared this time around.

“Last year in Europe it was hard with coming back very early and travelling, as we didn’t have much time to prepare,” he told whufc.com.

“It was a new experience going to places like Andorra and Malta away. We’re more prepared this year for the European games and can’t wait for them. We’re definitely well-equipped.”

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell in action with Tottenham's Ryan Mason

It remains to be seen how seriously West Ham will take the competition next season given how it is usually a second choice for English sides.

With a Champions League place on offer for the winners though, it has suddenly become more interesting for teams.

Liverpool showed that last season in their run to the final and perhaps West Ham will take a similar stance next season, given that the race for the top four looks to be the most competitive one for a number of years.

Leicester City's Ngolo Kante in action against West Ham's Aaron Cresswell

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