By Daniel Feliciano

3rd May, 2022 | 12:40pm

West Ham United likely to miss out on hosting Community Shield with Wembley unavailable

West Ham United want to host the Community Shield at the London Stadium this summer, with Wembley unavailable to host the traditional curtain raiser.

The Community Shield is due to take place on July 31st between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners, but is unable to be held at it’s usual home of Wembley due to the Women’s Euro 2022 finals being held there.

According to a report by Daily Mail, the London Stadium was one of several stadiums to be put forward as a potential venue but it now seems they could miss out.

Leicester’s King Power Stadium is now the front runner to host the game, while Leeds United’s Elland Road, Aston Villa’s Villa Park and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium also under consideration.

A final decision is yet to be made but the FA are wary of inciting further fan fury with the game potentially being played between Manchester City and Liverpool, hence not picking a stadium down in London.

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West Ham don’t particularly need the money, but it’s always nice to earn a little bit extra from a game that you have nothing really to do with.

The London Stadium has become the home of the football club this season in particular after fans initially failed to warm to it following the move from Upton Park.

But now it is a place where Hammers fans want to be every week and that is down to David Moyes and the brilliance of this current side that he has built.

The way to keep morale high and the standards of the squad up is to invest and strengthen, so any extra cash will undoubtedly be a boost to that.

It seems like it won’t happen though, which is a shame for the club but ultimately if it’s two teams from up north playing in the fixture then it makes sense not to have the game played in London.

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