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'I like him a lot': Alan Shearer says one West Ham player was brilliant the other night
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'I like him a lot': Alan Shearer says one West Ham player was brilliant the other night

Alan Shearer has raved about West Ham and England star Declan Rice during a Q&A for The Athletic. The former Three Lions centre-forward has been discussing the midfielder during today’s interview and he’s a huge fan.

Rice is now integral to the fortunes of the England team. He is one of the first names on Gareth Southgate’s team sheet and it’s fair to say that he has produced the goods so far during the World Cup.

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The lynchpin has allowed Jude Bellingham to star in a more advanced midfield role. He was also brilliant against Senegal on Sunday night with Jordan Henderson also bringing something to the midfield ranks.

Rice has caused waves during this tournament for some of his comments off the pitch. Last week, he claimed he was slightly envious of his England teammates that get to play in the Champions League on a regular basis.

Shearer has been praising Rice for his exploits on the green bit though. He’s admitted that he’s a huge fan of the West Ham captain and thought he was one of England’s top performers against Senegal.

He told The Athletic: “I’m a big fan! I like him a lot. He can do a bit of everything in midfield, he can surge forward with the ball and give you a bit of protection, too. He’s a great, driving force and that calm head. You might not notice him having a good game, but he was one of our better players the other night.

Shearer raved about Rice and there is more to come

West Ham fans might feel a little bit frustrated watching Rice for England. He does seem awfully safe a lot of the time with his country and he’s often more probing with his passing at club level.

But, Southgate has clearly told him to play in such a manner for the national team. As a result, fans will simply have to be patient with him and trust that he’s now an important part of the team.

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It’s fair to say that Shearer is right. The 23-year-old was brilliant against Senegal on Sunday and he gave England the solidity in midfield to kick on in the final third and terrorise the African champions going forward.

Rice still has more to give. At his age, he already has 37 caps for the national team and he looks like a player that could wear the captain’s armband for the Three Lions as his career progresses.

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