Jack Wilshere is adamant a tough preseason in China will be good for West Ham's players.
The Hammers will spend a week in China and were beaten by Manchester City yesterday.
“I played here a few years ago and you forget how hard it is," said Wilshere. “In training, it's slightly different as you have opportunities to recover, but in games you don't have opportunities to recover.
“You might have to make a run over 50 or 60 yards, then ten seconds later you have to track back the same distance and it's really hard. It's not the heat so much as the humidity.
“It may have been hard, but we will feel the benefits when we go back to England. We've got four or five games to go before the start of the season and we'll definitely feel the benefits when we go back and we're in training."
On the City defeat, he added: “They don't come much tougher in the second game of preseason, playing against probably the best team in the world in 30-degree heat.
“It was a good test for us. I thought we did well in the first half, but we got a little bit tired in the second half and conceded a couple of goals and lost the game.
“It's another game and another step closer to where we want to be in preseason."