Gary Lineker has admitted that he’s extremely excited about the futures of Premier League duo Declan Rice and Mason Mount, who play for West Ham and Chelsea respectively.
The childhood best friends started alongside each other on Wednesday night in England’s midfield, as Gareth Southgate’s side beat Iceland 4-0 in the Nations League.
Rice, who is already the stand-in skipper at West Ham for club captain Mark Noble, is a defensive midfielder that is a regular for his country and a real talisman for his club as well.
The 21-year-old is underrated when it comes to his quality on the ball and his range of passing, plus his real strength comes in reading the game defensively and covering the back four.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s 21-year-old attacking midfielder Mount is another young English talent that is shining on the Premier League stage on a weekly basis.
“Terrific young players with fabulously exciting futures ahead of them. Well played” Lineker wrote on his personal Twitter account after England’s win over Iceland.
David Moyes’ West Ham are a side that have the quality to be pushing for a top-10 finish if they perform on a consistent basis and arguably their most nailed-on starter is Rice.
The all-action central midfielder has been a major hit since coming through the club’s academy and the relationship with Hammers teammate Tomas Soucek in the middle is a great one, while perhaps in future he could build a similar combination with Mount on the international stage.
Aged 21, West Ham will hope they have Rice for the long-term and he’s the individual they can build their team around.