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Ivan Toney’s three-word reaction as Declan Rice makes the England squad
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Ivan Toney’s three-word reaction as Declan Rice makes the England squad

West Ham United captain Declan Rice has been celebrating his call-up to the England squad for the 2022 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate has named his 26-man squad for the tournament, and the Hammers midfielder made the cut.

Rice becomes the 13th West Ham player to represent England at a World Cup, and the first in 12 years.

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Matthew Upson, who played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was the last Hammers player to do so.

Qatar 2022 will be Rice’s second major tournament.

The 23-year-old played a starting role in England’s run to the Euro 2020 final.

Speaking to the official West Ham website after his selection was officially announced, Rice could barely hide his excitement.

“It’s crazy,” said the 34-cap star. “It’s not really hit me yet, to be honest.

“I think I might be one of less than 500 Englishmen who have gone to a World Cup.

“There’s so many people in this country who want to be a footballer.

“And I’m one of 26 players who has been selected to go, so it’s an honour and one that will now live with me forever.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m obviously wishing all my teammates the best as well, but obviously want us to win it.”

Rice also took to Instagram to express his delight with the news.

Plenty of Rice’s peers, including Brentford striker Ivan Toney, congratulated him on his selection.

Toney sadly failed to make the cut for the England squad, with Southgate picking Callum Wilson as Harry Kane’s deputy.

Nonetheless, the Bees ace will be cheering from the sidelines as the Three Lions hope to make it third time lucky.

England reached the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup and the final at Euro 2020 – can they go all the way in Qatar?

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