Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes West Ham United star Declan Rice can become England captain ‘in the next two or three years’.
The 20-year-old was picked by Gareth Southgate to start for England in the Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands on Thursday.
Rice, earning his third Three Lions cap, looked composed on the ball and effective in the holding midfield role, particularly in the second half.
He certainly strengthened his cases to be a first-choice pick going forwards.
Carragher, analysing the game on Sky Sports, was left bowled over the by the youngster once again, despite the 3-1 defeat in Guimaraes.
He said, as quoted by football.london: “You talk about captains within the England team, you wouldn’t be surprised to see him as captain in two or three years if he cements that position.
“A few years ago it looked like Eric Dier would have that position for six or seven years, you’re talking about him as a future captain.
“I think now, in 12 months’ time, he will be in that holding position and he’ll be our best player in there. There’s still talk of what his best position is and I think it is in there.”
Arguably it would be a surprise to see Rice wearing the armband in just ‘two or three years’.
One would imagine that Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will have something to say about it.
The Spurs hitman is the current skipper and has great leadership qualities – and he’s only 25.
Rice has all the makings of an international captain and there’s a high chance he’ll wear the armband some day, but it can’t be as close to happening as what Carragher thinks, with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling potential deputies.