West Ham got the ball rolling at Goodison Park this afternoon, claiming a 3-1 win over Everton.

The Hammers put in a great shift and emerged victorious with several players in contention for the man of the match award.

Among them was youngster Declan Rice. A few questioned whether it was time to get him back in the team.

The 19-year-old is deciding whether to play for the Republic of Ireland or England. This is a debate which has been widely discussed in the mainstream media.

But the talented teenager brushed off any concerns that he was not up for the game mentally by putting in a top display.

Antalya , Turkey – 22 March 2018; Manager Martin O’Neill and Declan Rice during a Republic of Ireland training session at Antalya Stadium in Antalya, Turkey. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Rice was assured in midfield, sitting in front of the back four and providing great protection.

At such a young age, he is confident on the ball and strong in the tackle. Also, he can read the game well and hit a range of passes.

Many West Ham fans considered him to be man of the match. Here are a few tweets in reaction to his performance.

 

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