Stuart Pearce has told talkSPORT of his pride at seeing West Ham United pair Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek shine at Euro 2020 with the Czech Republic.
The Hammers duo helped their country cause an upset in the Last 16 by beating the Netherlands and sending Frank de Boer’s side home. It was one of the biggest shocks of the tournament to that point, before Switzerland eliminated World Cup holders France.
The Czech Republic only progressed from the group stage as one of the four top-ranked sides that finished third. A 2-0 win over Scotland and a 1-1 draw with Croatia proving enough to claim the vital four points needed.
West Ham’s Coufal and Soucek have both played every minute for the Czech Republic at Euro 2020. They also provided the assists for the goals to beat Scotland and Soucek wore the captain’s armband against the Netherlands.
Neither are showing any signs of needing a rest after an action-packed season for West Ham, much to Pearce’s admiration.
“I’m very, very proud of them, they optimise the Czechs,” Pearce said. “They’re hard-working, humble, good professionals and they slog away no matter what goes on.
“They’ll keep going and keep going. That’s exactly what the Czechs did against the Netherlands, and they got the result.”
Pearce in awe of West Ham duo Soucek and Coufal
Pearce continues to be in awe of Soucek and Coufal after also praising the West Ham duo recently. David Moyes’ assistant coach noted how Coufal can offer a great supply of crosses while Soucek provides a box-to-box threat.
They delivered that in abundance for West Ham last season to help claim a sixth-place finish and Europa League football. Now, they are taking their form onto the international stage and showing what they can offer against the big teams.
Coufal rarely let anything the Netherlands threw at him work, while Soucek helped limit the Dutch engine room’s efforts. Their displays were not anything that West Ham have not seen before, but once again showed the grit Pearce admires.