Declan Rice sends three-word message to Nayef Aguerd after receiving World Cup honour
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Declan Rice sends three-word message to Nayef Aguerd after receiving World Cup honour

West Ham United fans would have been seriously impressed with what they saw from defender Nayef Aguerd at the World Cup.

The Moroccan helped his country achieve their best ever result at a World Cup, finish fourth overall.

Aguerd posted on Instagram yesterday after returning to his homeland before the season restarts.

The 26-year-old was fantastic alongside former Wolves defender Romain Saiss in the middle of defence.

Morocco only conceded once in the games that Aguerd played, and that was when he turned the ball into his own net against Canada.

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Unfortunately, Aguerd limped off against Spain in the round of 16, and didn’t feature in Morocco’s last three games.

He was on the team sheet to face France in the semi-finals, but was withdrawn moments before kick-off.

It shows he was close to being fit enough to play, but the Hammers will assess his fitness when he returns.

Aguerd will be full of confidence after his exploits in Qatar and David Moyes will hope he can bring that World Cup form back to the London Stadium.

Aguerd receives accolades after World Cup performance

The centre-back took to Instagram yesterday after returning home to Morocco.

He was greeted by the country’s royalty alongside his teammates, and had a ‘title bestowed upon us’.

The squad were awarded wissams – or medals – for their extraordinary achievement.

“I can’t find words to describe how am feeling today,” Aguerd said.

Rice messages Aguerd after receiving World Cup honour. Cr. (nayefaguerd) © 2022 INSTAGRAM FROM META.

“Thank you to the Moroccan fans, who came from different cities of the kingdom, for welcoming us all the way.”

West Ham’s captain Declan Rice replied to his post, and simply said: “You deserve it.”

Hammers fans have barely seen Aguerd since he arrived from Rennes for £30m in the summer.

Injury ruled him out for several months, but he did return to action just before the mid-season break.

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Rice has been following Aguerd’s World Cup campaign closely, and certainly would have liked what he saw.

With the Hammers currently sitting just above the relegation zone, Aguerd’s return to spark his side into life.

Moyes will be hoping he’s ready to face Arsenal on Boxing Day, or failing that, Brentford four days later.

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