Ben Johnson has lifted the lid on what West Ham United captain Mark Noble told him about Declan Rice.

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The 22-year-old Hammers midfielder has been in exceptional form this season.

Rice is the most important player David Moyes has at his disposal at the London Stadium.

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The England international has now firmly established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League, if not the world.

It could actually be argued that he is the best in his specific position in world football.

Ben Johnson shares what Mark Noble has told him about West Ham ace Declan Rice

The young Hammers right-back seems to be following in Rice’s footsteps at the London Stadium.

Johnson has the world at his feet. And if he continues to work hard, there is no reason why he can’t emulate Dec regarding his standing in world football.

The 21-year-old spoke to BT Sport (Thursday November 25th, 17:32) and shared the advice that club captain Mark Noble gave him about what he needs to do to become the best:

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“Dec is world-class. Nobes said to me that that’s the standard I need to aspire to, not just on the pitch but in training as well.”

Rice’s work ethic, commitment and desire to continually improve are all qualities that Johnson must match if he is to go on and become truly top-class.

The early signs are very good though.

Johnson seems to be very down to earth and he wouldn’t be playing regularly under David Moyes if he didn’t have the right attitude, that’s for sure.

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West Ham have some seriously exciting young talents coming through the ranks at the moment.

And with a role model like Rice, they all know the standards they have to match if they are going to make their breakthrough.

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