Gareth Southgate announced his England squad for the next round of international fixtures earlier today, and it came as no surprise to see Declan Rice’s name included.
The West Ham midfielder has been in brilliant form this season, deserving that call-up, and the east London club’s decision to eventually meet his contract demands is looking better by the day.
Rice put pen to paper on a new deal towards the end of December after rejecting previous offers (Evening Standard) and, whatever the Hammers decided to fork out in the end, looks completely worth it.
At the base of Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield, the 20-year-old has protected his defence well, a role he will be expected to carry out for England, while his play when in possession has also been positive.
Rice has not been afraid to make riskier passes once receiving the ball, opting to do that instead of going for the easier and safer option.
That and his ability to breakdown opposition attacks, could see him become one of the leading holding midfielders in the Premier League if he is not already.
And having signed a long-term contract, that development should be happening at the London Stadium.
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