Jamie Redknapp has suggested that West Ham ace Declan Rice could switch positions at some point in the future, when writing his regular column for the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old Hammers ace is currently being used as a deep-lying midfielder for both club and country. He has played as a centre-back in the past, however.

Rice is unquestionably one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League at the moment.

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The West Ham starlet does have all of the skills needed to operate in central defence, however.

And Redknapp suggested that centre-back could be the position that Rice occupies for England over the course of the next decade, when writing his regular column for the Daily Mail:

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“Is Declan Rice the answer to England’s problems in defence? I suspect he could be. I see a centre back in the 20-year-old and that is where his future could lie for club and country, rather than being used solely in midfield. In the modern game, players are being told to pass it out from the back, and Rice is capable of executing that. He’d be more than happy to get on the ball and has the intelligence needed to form an effective centre back partnership.”

 

Is Rice’s future at centre-back?

Gareth Southgate is currently opting to use Michael Keane alongside Harry Maguire in central defence.

The Everton’s defender’s capabilities are limited, however. And the manner in which Rice is comfortable with the ball at his feet would certainly enable England to pass out from the back with more ease and fluidity.

Switching the youngster to centre-back could also be an option for West Ham in the next few years.

Whatever happens, however, he is a real talent. And both the Hammers and the Three Lions are very lucky to have him.

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