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Fresh from helping West Ham to secure an unlikely Europa League qualification spot in the Premier League last season, Vladimir Coufal is starring for the Czech Republic at Euro 2020.
The 28-year-old has started both of his country’s matches so far at the tournament, providing the assist for Patrik Schick’s opening goal against Scotland.
That assist was his 12th of the season, in what has been a standout campaign for the right-back under David Moyes at the Hammers.
Coufal joined the Premier League side for a bargain price in the region of £5million last October, going on to cement a starting spot in Moyes’ side.
He quickly became a fan favourite at the London Stadium, with his committed performances endearing him to the Hammers’ faithful.
The right-back made light of that commitment following a win over Aston Villa in February, claiming he looked like a “psycho”.
“Sometimes I look like psycho on the pitch but always do everything for the team. Everyone was brilliant today well done lads!!! Keep going IRONS,” he tweeted.
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Coufal also endeared himself to supporters in March, when pictures emerged that appeared to show the Czech waiting at a London bus stop as he travelled to training.
The picture did not only surprise supporters, with club captain Mark Noble also taken aback by his team-mate’s mode of transport.
“I sent a picture to one of my mates of Coufal sitting at a bus stop waiting for the 86. It’s mad,” he told the Peter Crouch Podcast.
Having become the first-choice right-back for his country, Coufal will be hoping to start on Tuesday night at Wembley.
Coufal’s side will qualify for the last 16 as group winners if they hold England to a draw, with a 2-0 win over Scotland putting them ahead of the Three Lions as it stands.
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