ADAM JOHNSON returned to the Sunderland squad for Dick Advocaat’s opening game in charge at West Ham.
Johnson - whose suspension was lifted by the club this week - was on the bench, as Advocaat made two changes to his starting XI - dropping Liam Bridcutt, while Ricky Alvarez missed out altogether.
Connor Wickham and Jordi Gomez came into the side, as Advocaat went with his favoured 4-3-3 formation.
There was one change for West Ham, with full-back Carl Jenkinson returning to the starting XI.
WEST HAM: Adrian, Jenkinson, Collins, Kouyate, Cresswell, Song, Noble, Nolan, Jarvis, Downing, Sakho. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Demel, O’Brien, Poyet, Amalfitano, Nene, Cole
SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Reveillere, van Aanholt, O’Shea, Brown, Larsson, Gomez, Rodwell, Defoe, Wickham, Fletcher. Subs: Jones, Bridcutt, Johnson, Graham, Vergini, Watmore, Mannone
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