By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

17th Sep, 2021 | 4:10pm

Frank McAvennie delighted by West Ham line-up v Dinamo Zagreb

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Frank McAvennie believes David Moyes fired a major warning of intent with his West Ham line-up against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

Moyes made five changes to the side that drew at Southampton last weekend, but the likes of Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio and Lukasz Fabianski all kept their places for their 2-0 Europa League win in Croatia.

Ex-Irons attacker McAvennie was thrilled with Moyes’ decision to name a strong starting XI.

“As soon as I saw the team I thought ‘yeah, that’ll do for me, that’s a strong side,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.

“It proves to me they’re going to have a go.

“The fans were brilliant over there, a lot of them took over a couple of pubs and were posting on their social media, a lot of people were sending me them.

“[It’s] Brilliant, I’m delighted for the fans, it’s been a long time coming since they left Upton Park. This is what was promised [by GSB], European football. This is the first time [they’ve made it], so long may it continue.”

Antonio and Rice were the heroes in Zagreb as the Irons stars struck either side of half-time.

Moyes could even afford to substitute his star duo later in the match, while Pablo Fornals was also afforded a breather for the last 10 minutes.

West Ham’s next game is at the London Stadium on Sunday against Manchester United, though Antonio will miss out due to the one-game suspension he accrued against Southampton last weekend.

In other West Ham news, Charlie Nicholas claims David Moyes is livid after this recent Irons incident.

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