Declan Rice sends four-word message after seeing Nayef Aguerd's performance for Morocco yesterday
Plenty of West Ham United fans would have been glued to Morocco’s last-16 match against Spain.
Aguerd has been brilliant for Morocco, and shown why West Ham spent £30m on him in the summer.
He picked up a nasty ankle injury in pre-season that forced him to miss the start of the Premier League season.
Manager David Moyes eased him back into action in the Europa Conference League.
He was handed his first league start against Leicester, although the Hammers fell to a 2-0 defeat.
Moyes would have been seriously encouraged by Aguerd’s form at the World Cup.
The only goal his side have conceded at the tournament was when the 26-year-old slotted past his own goalkeeper.
However, the defender did limp off against Spain yesterday, and Moyes will be praying it’s nothing serious.
Aguerd helps Morocco record historic World Cup victory
The centre-back posted on Instagram last night to celebrate his team’s incredible penalty shootout win.
“A dream for every Moroccan,” Aguerd said, “all over the world!
“A dream come true! Qualified for the ¼ of the FIFA World Cup! So proud to be part of this family.”
PSG defender Achraf Hakimi – who won the tie with his incredible Panenka penalty – applauded Aguerd’s performance.
Meanwhile, West Ham teammate Declan Rice congratulated him and said, “Massive performance my brother.”
Manuel Lanzini chipped in too, and said: “Nice little brother, congratulations.”
Aguerd was seen in tears when he limped off the pitch last night for Morocco.
It’s unclear how bad Aguerd’s injury is right now, but Morocco will be praying he’s available for their quarter-final against Portugal.
He’ll have to deal with Goncalo Ramos, who announced himself to the world with a wonderful hat-trick last night.