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West Ham United: These fans loved Declan Rice’s England contribution

West Ham United: These fans loved Declan Rice’s England contribution

Some fans will look at West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice’s misplaced pass, that started the move which led to Kosovo’s second goal, as the main moment of his performance.

However, Hammers fans have put their focus on a very different moment in the game, which puts the 20-year-old in a far better light.

ExWHUEmployee was among those to tweet about Rice’s brilliant piece of play:

The moment in question is what led to England’s fourth goal, as he pressed Bersant Celina well and eventually made a great tackle.

This allowed Jordan Henderson to make a pass to Raheem Sterling, who then raced up the pitch to assist Jadon Sancho for his first-ever England goal, as shown on Sky Sports Football’s YouTube channel.

It was a quiet moment which was overshadowed by the other parts of the build-up, but was vital all-the-same, a summary that could be applied to many factors of his game.

That wasn’t Rice’s only encouraging contribution though, as he completed 91% of his passes, 4 clearances, 3 interceptions, 2 tackles and 1 block, as per SofaScore. Operating in the defensive midfield role – one often filled by Eric Dier for England in recent years – it seems the fact the player has ousted a Tottenham man in terms of a starting berth for the Three Lions has gone down well, too.

Of course, West Ham fans loved his contribution and one even compared him to Sergio Busquets, which isn’t exactly a surprise as fans have dubbed him as the ‘Basmati Busquets’ in the past, as well as Manuel Pellegrini urging the midfielder to model his game on the Spaniard (as per West Ham’s official website).

A selection of Twitter reaction to the tackle can be seen below:

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