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'Best player on the pitch': David Moyes amazed by 23-year-old Leeds United player at the World Cup
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'Best player on the pitch': David Moyes amazed by 23-year-old Leeds United player at the World Cup

West Ham manager David Moyes has praised the performance of Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams at the World Cup.

Adams shone in the United States’ 0-0 draw with England on Friday night, and Moyes told the Times he thought he was the best player on the pitch.

Moyes admitted Adams outshone his Hammers captain Declan Rice in the heart of midfield as England were dominated for large periods.

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Moyes on Adams

He said: “One trend to catch my eye is that very few teams are going for a high press. Maybe only Japan and South Korea.

“Nearly all the others have gone for a mid-block, come off the play a little to allow the opposition to pass it around at the back, and then looked to regain the ball in the middle area.

“USA did a great job on England playing this way. They left Harry Maguire and John Stones to knock passes to each other, then pressed hard when a pass came into midfield, and on the day England didn’t quite have enough to play round them.

“I was in Florida when the game was played and saw the American reaction. They felt they were the better team and that Tyler Adams was the best player on the pitch.

“I agree about Adams (Tim Ream was excellent too) but actually thought England, for all that they weren’t at their best, were still the superior side.”

Adams also drew praise from Gary Lineker on Twitter for his response to a question about off-field matters in the pre-match press conference.

Lineker took to Twitter to praise the 23-year-old’s maturity and eloquence ahead of what is a huge game for his country tonight against Iran.

Both sides know they would qualify for the knockout rounds with a victory tonight, but it is Iran who would go through in the event of a draw.

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