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:

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