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Darren Randolph gives verdict on big West Ham rival

By Dominic Toner

Darren Randolph has praised goalkeeper Adrian after he was named in the Spain squad.

Adrian, 29, has been rewarded for his performances with West Ham and named as one of three goalkeepers in Julen Lopetegui’s 24-man squad to face Belgium and Liechtenstein.

West Ham’s goalkeeper has not represented his country at any level, which reflects the quality of the current Spanish goalkeepers.

He joins David De Gea and Pepe Reina as the three goalkeeping options in the senior squad.

Randolph, who is currently Adrian’s understudy at West Ham, has posted on Twitter a congratulations message to his team-mate and claims his call-up is long overdue.

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There was no place for Spain’s all-time appearance record holder Iker Casillas, who has 167 caps for his country but has not made Lopetegui’s squad this time around.

Lopetegui was a goalkeeper during his playing career and has now replaced World Cup winner Vicente del Bosque as the national team manager.

Adrian is currently number one at the Hammers despite pressure from team-mate Darren Randolph for the jersey.

The Spanish shot-stopper has made 107 appearances for the east London club since joining from Real Betis in 2013 and has kept 28 clean sheets.

Randolph joined the Hammers last season and has made 24 appearances in all competitions, six of them coming in the Premier League.

In other West Ham team news, David Gold has revealed why they lost in the Europa League two Astra Giurgiu.