Collison shocked by West Ham breakthrough

West Ham midfielder Jack Collison admits he's been shocked by his progress this season.

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Earning his first cap with Wales U21 was followed by his Premiership debut against Arsenal this week and the 19 year-old told WHUTV: "He (Alan Curbishley) told me to warm up because Freddie (Ljungberg) was struggling.

"I was a little bit shocked and then he's called me over and said 'you're going on'. I didn't have much time to think. I just had to stick my shirt on and I was on the pitch.

"He told me to get close to [Cesc] Fabregas and try and stop them playing but obviously when you come to Arsenal, a team like that has got so much movement and interchanges. It is hard but I did my best."

He added: "It was a little bit of a shock to be involved.

"The gaffer told me earlier at the hotel so I had a little bit of time to prepare but I didn't expect to come on in the first half. It is just a dream really to come on at the Emirates."

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