Hammer eyes World Cup spot
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Konchesky is confident that he can make England's World Cup squad.Paul Konchesky is confident that he has just as much chance as Wayne Bridge of making England's World Cup squad.
The West Ham left back has proved his credentialS since swapping The Valley for Upton Park in the summer with a string of first rate displays.
Whilst acknowledging Ashley Cole is firmly lodged as Sven Goran Eriksson's first choice in that position, Konchesky believes the battle to be his understudy is an open race.
Bridge has returned to fitness of late after a lengthy lay-off but with Asier Del Horno having usurped him at club level, the former Southampton favourite could struggle for playing time.
''Last year I felt a million miles away from the World Cup,'' Konchesky told The Times.
''But my chances are getting better. Ash is the man, but it is a flick of a coin between me and Wayne Bridge now.''
Meanwhile, it has been reported that West Ham have taken Japan midfielder Mitsuo Ogasawara on a secret trial - with the Kashima Antlers star set to spend a week in East London.