West Ham fans will be anticipating the release of FIFA17 more than any other version this year, and there’s no surprise why.

Aside from a number of the club’s best players expected to be given rating upgrades due to their star performances last term, there’s the little matter of the new London Stadium being included too.

Of course, it’ll be sad not to be able to see the Boleyn Ground on the game again, but the London Stadium looks just as incredible on the game as it does in real life…

The London Stadium… it’s in the game!

But Hammers fans aren’t the only ones who are excited about the new game coming out.

England international Michail Antonio (feels so go to be able to say that) and midfield general Cheikhou Kouyate have revealed how impressed they are with the new ground and their excitement at FIFA17’s release…

Michail Antonio

What are your thoughts on the new stadium?

“It’s a great feeling to have 60,000 fans backing us, it’s going to be a great atmosphere to play in. It’s also huge for the club to have a stadium like this, it’s really impressive, we’re ambitious and want to compete at the highest level and hopefully over the next few years we’ll be challenging the big boys at the top.”

Which game are you most looking forward to playing this season in your new home?

“The derby, the West ham vs. Tottenham derby. That is going to be an amazing day with a great atmosphere and fans are going to be all over it. Also, it is going to be a great game as both teams will want and think they can win it – it will be end-to-end stuff.”

You’ve seen the stadium in the game. How does it compare to real life?

“The graphics are unbelievable. Since seeing a picture of it I can’t wait to play as myself and as West Ham on the game.” 

Cheikhou Kouyate

What are your thoughts on the club’s new home?

“It’s a very good stadium, it’s unbelievable. The stadium is very good for West Ham as we are now playing in Europe and want to carry this on in the future. We now have a nice stadium for these games, so we will have to wait and see what the future holds for the stadium.”

Which game are you looking forward to playing the most?

“The derby game, they are always special.”

You’ve seen the stadium in the game, how does it compare to real life?

“It looks fantastic, there isn’t much difference at all, it is amazing!”

FIFA 17 is powered by Frostbite, the new game engine, which delivers authentic, true-to-life action that has also helped deliver the detail of the London Stadium in the game.

Check out what we’ll all be playing in a few weeks’ time below…

Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate were speaking at the official announcement of the London Stadium being introduced into EA SPORTS FIFA 17 powered by Frostbite. For more information on the authentic, true-to-life action Frostbite delivers in FIFA 17 head to FIFA 17 launches on September 29th in the UK.