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Michail Antonio: West Ham players back fit and sharp for preseason

Michail Antonio says West Ham United's first week of preseason has been full of energy.

The Hammers are doing the first part of preseason at St Andrew's in Scotland.

"We had a lot of games last year, and it feels like an international break just having a little time off and now we're back in," he told the club's website. “It wasn't much of a break, but that could help us in building on the momentum we gained last year.

“You can see that in the way the boys have come back, they're still looking fit and sharp, and it'll be the same for the boys who were away playing internationals.

“With the summer being shorter, it helps us to stay fit and be ready to get going from the start."

For Antonio himself, the 2021/22 campaign saw him feature on 47 occasions in Claret and Blue, the highest number of single-season appearances he has made in his seven-year Hammers career to date.

“I'm a person who likes to play games to keep going and keep my body ticking over," he continued. “Hopefully I can keep going, keep pushing on and have a season like I did last year – and go even better."

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