West Ham United boss David Moyes has been lavishing praise on midfielder Declan Rice after his England heroics in midweek.
The 21-year-old scored his first goal for the Three Lions in Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Iceland at Wembley.
Rice has been a mainstay in the West Ham team this season, captaining in the side in six of the eight Premier League games he’s played.
Moyes used his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s game against Sheffield United to rave about his maestro.
He told the club’s official website: “The big thing is he’s improving with the team here – it’s been great. He’s learning an awful lot from the people he’s around. His performance for England was exceptional – there were a lot of young England players on the pitch but his performance was so good.
“I can only tell you that the managers of West Ham and England think he’s terrific. I thought his performance was as good as any other young player on the pitch.”
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Rice, paid £120,000-a-week has played 118 times for West Ham since bursting through the youth ranks to make his debut on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign.
Despite he tender years he continues to highlight his importance to the team and he’s clearly an influence in the dressing room.
The young midfielder can also operate in defence and keeping Rice from the clutches of the big six will be a challenge for the Hammers.
If they can do that and continue to build, there is absolutely no reason why West Ham can’t push towards Europe in the coming years.
Moyes is doing a steady job at the London Stadium and Rice is a big player for the football club.