Lansbury shows international class

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Henri Lansbury celebrated his deadline day loan move to West Ham United with two goals and an assist as England Under 21s thumped Azerbaijan at Vicarage Road.

The on-loan Arsenal midfielder provided the first for debutant Craig Dawson, before a stunning overhead kick doubled England's lead.

Captain Jordan Henderson scored a third on half-time before Lansbury knocked in his second.

Martin Waghorn's long range effort and Dawson's second put the gloss on a fine performance from Stuart Pearce's men, but it was Lansbury's who stole the headlines which came 24 hours after his season-long move to Upton Park was confirmed.

The former Watford and Norwich loanee was one of three signings on deadline day for the Hammers, which also included Guy Demel and David Bentley.


On the win, Lansbury said: “It is a great start. We have had a great few days training with the lads and a fresh bunch. You have seen we can play together now and we showed it tonight.

“There is a lot of talent in both squads but we couldn’t really show it in the qualifiers last time. We have got to do it this time and hopefully go there and do better.

“Every international game is hard but we go into it and give it our all and hopefully we can get the three points."

Lansbury will be given another chance to impress against Israel on Monday, before his first opportunity to make his West Ham debut, against Portsmouth at home in the Npower Championship.

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