Declan Rice has issued a rallying call after West Ham lost 1-0 to Brighton, whufc.com reports.

West Ham travelled to Brighton on Friday night but Glenn Murray scored the only goal in the Premier League game.

It brought a four-game unbeaten run to an end and West Ham go into the international break with work to do.

But despite the loss, Rice is still upbeat and has urged his team-mates to remain positive.

Rice’s comments

Declan Rice believes it’s time to put some work in during training. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

The 19-year-old rued some missed opportunities and claimed that West Ham should have got more than they did.

Rice told West Ham TV: “There were positives. “We had 70 per cent possession [in the second half] and you want to turn that into one or two goals and come away with a point at least, but we missed some gutting chances if we look back on it.”

 

The central midfielder, who started his fourth consecutive league game, added that the Hammers should put this result behind them. Instead, they need to right some wrongs and ensure they are ready for the next match.

And it’s a big game coming up, against rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Rice also said: “We don’t want to get on too much of a downer after Friday night. We want to stay positive and look forward to the Spurs game.”

Maturity beyond his years

Despite being just 19, Rice is already a voice in the dressing room. He is showing all the early signs that he can be a future captain at West Ham one day.

The Londoner is eloquent, level-headed and he analysed the game well.

Both on and off the field, Rice demonstrates that he has maturity beyond his years. The talented teenager really is an asset for the Hammers.

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