Jack Wilshere's Declan Rice praise shows what could've been for West Ham
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Jack Wilshere's Declan Rice praise shows what could've been for West Ham

It has been a whirlwind few days for young West Ham midfielder Declan Rice after he made his England debut on Friday and his first start for the country against Montenegro on Monday, but one man who knows how it feels is team-mate Jack Wilshere.

The 27-year-old has 34 caps under his belt but has not played since December, when he got his only five minutes of action since starting the first four games of the season.

“I thought about texting him the other day, before Friday, but I decided not to, because there will have been so many people messaging him. I know what it is like when you’re preparing for your England debut. He will have just wanted to focus on the game,” he told the club’s website.

“I’m really happy for him that he got some game time, because I believe he is the best player in his position in the country right now. He has done us proud, his family proud, and himself proud. I’m happy for him.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 03: Jack Wilshere of West Ham United during training at The London Stadium on December 3, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

If Wilshere were fit and finding form, it may lead West Ham fans to ponder what could have been had they been able to line-up with two of England’s brightest midfield talents side by side in the middle of the park.

Ankle injuries have continued to reak havoc in Wilshere’s career and have stalled his progress, with his last international call-up coming in November 2016, when he failed to make it off the bench for a friendly against Spain or a World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

Hammers fans will be desperately hoping to see the midfielder back fit soon, particularly given that his only five minutes of action since September saw him record an assist in the win over Newcastle. Together with Rice, he could form a partnership for years to come.

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