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Declan Rice shares what he told Mark Noble before West Ham's brilliant win over Rapid Vienna on Thursday

Declan Rice told BT Sport, as per BBC Live, he had spoken to Mark Noble before West Ham’s win over Rapid Vienna – saying he was going to score.

Rice, 22, scored his second European goal in two outings with a tap-in, after a beautifull-crafted goal that saw Michail Antonio set-up the England star.

Having beaten Dinamo Zagreb last time out in which Rice netted, the midfielder was on hand to score again – his seventh for the Hammers.

The Hammers had hid the post twice, while fans had to hold their breath while a VAR review judged Ben Johnson’s tackle not to be a penalty.

Eventually, the scoreline ended 2-0 – with Said Benrahma scoring in injury time with a very neat finish into the far corner. Another great win.

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Speaking after the game, Rice explained how he told captain Noble that he was going to score against Rapid – with the Hammers two from two.

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“When I knew I was playing with Nobes (Mark Noble) I said that I was going to try and bomb on a bit tonight. I said to him I would score,” Rice said.

“When the situation come I saw there was a bit of space to run into and if you don’t make the runs you won’t get a chance.”

Rice on chat with Noble: West Ham star has gone another gear up

Last season, Rice became a leader – the midfield heartbeat in the West Ham side shining under Moyes. He even got to the Euro 2020 final.

But this season, at least his first few outings, he has gone up another level. Despite playing in defensive midfield, he has added another gear.

That is because he is now contributing to play – scoring goals, but also bombing on from deep and helping the side find the back of the net.

If Rice was worth £80million in the summer, his form this season surely takes his value north of £100million ahead of the next transfer window?

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