Downing targets World Cup ahead of West Ham switch

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Stewart Downing has targeted winning a place in the England squad for next summer’s World Cup upon completing his switch from Liverpool to West Ham United, reports the Daily Mail.

Downing is set to be officially announced as a West Ham player today, having completed a medical and agreed personal terms in East London on Monday evening.

The £6million transfer will see the 29-year-old reunited with former Liverpool teammate Andy Carroll, and will mean the Hammers have signed the duo for a fee of £23million – after Liverpool splashed out £55million on both players just two years ago.

Downing is set to leave Anfield just at the time he appeared to be forcing his way into Brendan Rodgers plans.

The winger played all but nine Premier League games last season, after winning his place back at the turn of the year having previously been told he was surplus to requirements.

Despite his improvement, Downing failed to capture the sort of form that persuaded Rodgers predecessor Kenny Dalglish to splash out £20million on him during the summer of 2011.

Downing famously finished his first season at the club without a goal or assist to his name, despite setting up numerous missed opportunities and striking the woodwork on several occasions himself throughout the season.

His luck didn’t improve much afterwards, and he is set to leave the club with a record of 3 Premier League goals in 65 appearances.

Rodgers has told Downing not to expect regular first team football following the summer arrival of Luis Alberto from Sevilla, and will be hoping his switch to London will catch the attention of England manager Roy Hodgson.

Downing made his last appearance for the three lions in May 2012 against Norway.

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