Upton Park owner will allow Wembley stars to leave if the club are relegated.
West Ham United co-owner David Gold will allow the club’s England stars to leave if the Hammers are relegated to the Championship.
Scott Parker, Robert Green, Matthew Upson and Carlton Cole could all be allowed to leave Upton Park unless they can turn around their side’s fortunes.
The Irons are currently bottom of the Premier League, three points off safety with three games remaining. They face a cruch game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Gold understands the need to keep the top players at the club but knows he is facing an uphill battle to hold onto to his stars.
The 74-year-old’s admission may cause controversy, especially after co-owner David Sullivan opted not to attend the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City because of their miserable away form.
“It’s unfair to tell a player to forego your potential England career to come down and play in the Championship,” Gold told the BBC.
“It’s unrealistic to ask an England player to come down and play in the Championship. It impacts on his career.
“Would I try [to prevent it]? Of course, I would try but you would have a one in 10 chance.”