By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

15th Sep, 2021 | 2:10pm

Frank McAvennie wants strong West Ham team v Dinamo Zagreb

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Frank McAvennie is itching to see West Ham play a strong team in their Europa League opener against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

The Irons will begin their European adventure with a trip to Croatia to face a side who humbled Tottenham Hotspur last season, beating the north London outfit 3-2 on aggregate after extra time at the Stadion Maksimir in March.

Mislav Orsic was the hero of that tie after scoring a hat-trick against Spurs, then managed by Jose Mourinho, and there is an ex-Premier League defender in their ranks in the form of Kevin Theophile-Catherine, who used to play for Cardiff City under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ex-Irons attacker McAvennie has expressed his excitement for the West Ham supporters ahead of the tie.

“The fans will enjoy it,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.

“They’ve turned into a really good, solid team now, they’ve got decent players who can play a bit. David Moyes turned them into a team who were really hard to beat, but he’s got them playing now. They’ve got a workmanlike team but they’ve got a few players who, if they can get them the ball, can go and shine. There’s a few of them.

“I’m looking forward to it, it will be great to see how they do.

“I hope they don’t just put all the boys out, I really do.

“I hope they go and have a go at it. The fans will love a European night, you can’t beat that.”

In other West Ham news, an ex-PL ref believes this Irons ace should be banned until October after a recent incident.

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