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'I've said to him': Declan Rice shares what he keeps telling Jude Bellingham before every England game
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'I've said to him': Declan Rice shares what he keeps telling Jude Bellingham before every England game

West Ham United captain Declan Rice has addressed the media ahead of England’s next World Cup match.

Rice has started every game for England so far in Qatar, alongside Liverpool target Jude Bellingham.

The pair are quickly forming a fantastic partnership, and were joined in midfield by Jordan Henderson against Wales.

After the turgid performance against the USA, England bounced back with a comfortable win against the Welsh.

It secured their place at the top of Group B and set up a Sunday evening encounter with Senegal.

Southgate’s decision to rotate four of his starting line-up has given him a selection dilemma to solve.

The likes of Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden impressed in place of Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling.

Two players who won’t have to worry about their spots are Rice and Bellingham.

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The 19-year-old – who scored England’s first goal in Qatar – has been brilliant this season.

His goals, assists and role as a leader at Borussia Dortmund are part of the reason why Liverpool are so keen on him.

They’ll face plenty of competition from other major clubs going into the next transfer window.

Rice was speaking about his relationship with Bellingham and has shared what he keeps telling him before every match.

The Hammers captain is still quite young as well, but has taken up a senior role for both club and country.

What Rice keeps telling Bellingham before matches

Speaking to the media about his midfield partner, Rice said: “I love playing with him, he’s young, he’s energetic, he gets around the pitch really well.

“And for every game I’ve played with him so far, I’ve just said to him, ‘this is your stage, go out and perform. I’ll be behind you, don’t feel like you can’t go out there and attack the box. Just feel free and I’ll be there for you’.

“I feel we’ve got a really good connection and we’ve played against some tough sides as well, so we’re learning really well together.”

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Rice’s future may also be up in the air this summer, with a number of big clubs, including Liverpool and Chelsea, interested in him.

If the pair end up playing for the same club, England would benefit immensely.

Rice would be able to stop telling Bellingham what he needs to do before each game as their relationship would become telepathic.

England fans will be hoping they have a few more opportunities to see them play together this winter.

The pressure will be on as they look to secure a place in the quarter-finals this weekend.

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