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Key Season ahead for Declan Rice

After breaking onto the scene in recent years, Declan Rice is an integral part of Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham team.

The young midfielder has received plaudits for his performances in the famous Claret & Blue shirt, which has ultimately led him to be called upon by Gareth Southgate to represent his England side.

Rice recently featured for England in their recent 5-3 victory over Kosovo, sitting in his favoured defensive midfield role. But after giving the ball away, which led to Kosovo’s second goal, the 20-year-old was hit with some unfair criticism from certain fans. Despite giving the ball away, a lack of tracking back from the rest of the England defence should also be highlighted, before further criticism comes Rice’s way, on a night where the stats spoke for themselves.

Declan Rice

Declan Rice

During his 90 minutes against Kosovo, Rice completed 75 passes – boasting an impressive success rate of 90%. Not only was his passing largely on point, but he also made two vital interceptions, and four clearances, which was the joint-most from those who played for the Three Lions.

With the international break now over for a while, our attention turns back to the Premier League. The talented midfielder returns to West Ham with a huge campaign ahead of him. He has attracted the attention of big clubs such as Manchester United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to add young, hungry English talent to his new-look side and Rice is firmly on the Norwegian’s radar.

But for the time being, Rice is very much a Hammer – and a Hammer adored by the fans. His work ethic and grounded personality have won over many supporters from the moment he first stepped onto the pitch in a West Ham jersey. It is easy to forget Rice is at the very beginning of what should be an illustrious career for the ex-Chelsea youth player.

It is no secret West Ham have spent heavily over the past couple of seasons, but Rice has been able to prove there is always room for young academy players if they are willing to knuckle down and work hard. West Ham are pushing for a European spot this campaign, especially after adding Sebastian Haller from Frankfurt to their rank, so expect them to feature on free football betting tips as an option that provides value this season.

Rice already has 65 appearances under his belt in a West Ham shirt and is rather experienced for a player of his age in the Premier League.

But with Rice firmly in the spotlight, especially with Southgate trusting the youngster to start for England, expectation levels will certainly remain high for the young prodigy. However, the midfielder is a true professional and knows he just needs to focus on his own performances, in order to help West Ham climb the Premier League table. It’s a big season for the midfielder, but one in which he can certainly thrive.

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