By Jack Cunningham

10th Oct, 2021 | 4:20pm

Wojciech Szczesny sends Insta message to West Ham man Lukasz Fabianski

Juventus star Wojciech Szczesny has sent an Instagram message to West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski after he announced his international retirement.

At 36, the Irons shot-stopper has decided that it was time to retire from playing for Poland and concentrate on the Hammers.

He made 57 caps for his country and was handed a standing ovation and guard of honour in Poland’s game against San Marino [BBC].

After the match, Szczesny, who competed with Fabianski for the number one jersey at Arsenal and Poland, posted this message.

He said: “Łukasz, our long journey together… you once, me once, and so on, but today is yours only. And although your modesty will not allow you to admit it, know that you were special for this team, just as the competition with you was special for me. Thank you for every moment together and for being motivated to work hard!”

Lovely message.

The Pole was a dedicated servant to his country and played in two major competitions for Poland.

So it was nice to see him get that send-off at the end of a long international career, and this decision should help the Irons.

Fabianski has started every Premier League game this season but has Alphonse Areola breathing down his neck. Without international football to worry about, he can focus on keeping his place in goal.

Given that Fabianski is ageing, you wouldn’t think that he has that long left at the top of his game, but he seems determined to do what he can for the Irons.

This is great to see, and we look forward to seeing him continue to battle with Areola for the right to be the Hammers’ first-choice goalkeeper.

This was a lovely send off from the Polish national team, and his former teammate at Arsenal and stuff like this is just so pleasing to see.

In other West Ham news, a former starlet reveals why he left the London Stadium.

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