The Hammers ace said it was his dream to play for his nation at the Copa America.
West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini has described the prospect of starring for Argentina in the Copa America this summer as his dream following his heartbreaking absence from the World Cup.
Last summer, the 26-year-old was ruled out for eight months with a knee injury picked up in a pre-World Cup training camp with his nation and only made his return to action at the end of February, featuring for the Hammers against Fulham.
Lanzini featured in every league match since and has played the full 90 minutes in each of the last three Premier League contests, and in conversation with the official West Ham website, he declared that he felt good and his knee felt right.
The midfielder was included in the most recent Argentina squad last month, but did not feature in either game for his side, and with the Copa America taking place between June and July this summer, he hoped he could do enough to impress Lionel Scaloni for the tournament.
“My dream is to play in the Copa America,” said Lanzini. “It would feel like payback for me after I missed out on the World Cup. I’ll keep working hard this season with West Ham, and hopefully it will be possible for me to be there.”
Given West Ham’s inconsistent form this season and Lanzini still appearing to be off his best form, some Irons faithful responded negatively to his comments on Twitter:
Patience…Guys been out 8 months….— ⚒ Aktolgalı ⚒ (@imran484_khan) 10 April 2019
Up your game then Mukka…— Ⓟⓗⓘⓛⓘⓟ 父 Ⓦⓘⓛⓚⓘⓝⓢⓞⓝ 父 (@PW57WHU) 10 April 2019
He’s come back from injury and let’s be realistic it takes time coming back from a long term injury. Plus his team mates are also underperforming and have been for months now. Our CM is like a sieve even Rice struggled to cope against Chelsea. That area needs addressing.— William Field (@wilfield71) 10 April 2019
It certainly does. When Hazard recieved the ball for the 1st goal, the amount of space he had was criminal. The defence were perhaps sitting a bit too deep but if you´re holders are not doing their job this puts your central defenders under more pressure.— Hardcore Uproar 1992 (@Westamsterdam72) 10 April 2019
He needs to up his game then , simple— julian (@julian09613108) 10 April 2019
That’s why he’s not putting it in for us – he’s thinking about copa— Paolo (@ellingford_paul) 10 April 2019