Highlights: Boreham Wood 1 – 4 West Ham United

Highlights: Boreham Wood 1-4 West Ham United
Highlights: Boreham Wood 1-4 West Ham United

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West Ham‘s bubbles inspired new home shirt has gone down well with fans – but the club shop has been slammed for having the wrong badges.

Fans flocked to the online shop as the £75 new home shirt was made available for pre-order before their friendly win over Boreham Wood – with an extra £15 required for name and number.

However, there was one big issue with the official Premier League lettering – with the Fulham club badge sneaking in on the numbers.

Supporters were unsurprisingly baffled by the inclusion of the badge of their London rivals, who finished four places above the Conference League winners last season.

Official confirmation of his switch to the Emirates is expected in the coming days, with Arteta closing in on his second major signing of the summer.

The move means Rice will be bidding an emotional farewell to West Ham, where he has spent the entirety of his career to date after emerging from their academy in 2017.

And as a result, the England midfielder was nowhere to be seen as they unveiled their new home kit on Monday.

Jarrod Bowen, Maxwel Cornet, Thilo Kehrer and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, along with women stars Hawa Cissoko and Risa Shimizu, were instead seen donning the new West Ham shirt in a promotional video which sees the six players greet fans in an East End pub.

They even join them in a rendition of the club’s famous I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles chant, while Cornet can be seen dancing with one supporter. 

The new strip, put together by kit manufacturers Umbro, features West Ham’s traditional claret body with blue sleeves, as well as a bubble pattern woven through the design. 

Two goals in either half was enough for David Moyes’ men to secure victory in their first match of a busy pre-season schedule, with striker Danny Ings opening the scoring with a curling, first-time effort on 25 minutes. 

The Irons doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time when Pablo Fornals whipped in a tremendous cross, which was met by the oncoming Kamarai Swyer. The midfielder’s late, bursting run permitted him to meet the ball with a powerful header, securing a two-goal lead at the interval. 

Substitute Jarrod Bowen added the third from close range on 78 minutes, tapping in Conor Coventry’s rocketed, low cross, before fellow substitute Gideon Kodua added West Ham’s fourth with the goal of the evening; controlling Bowen’s lofted pass with his chest before sweetly netting on the volley. 

Highlights: Boreham Wood 1 – 4 West Ham United

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