Gareth Southgate has named his England squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League campaign. And Declan Rice has been included in the 27-man squad.
This is testament to the midfielder’s impressive performances this season. The 20-year-old has been one of West Ham’s best players this season. He scooped the Young Hammer of the Year (for the third season running), the Players’ Player of the Year and the Best Individual Performance awards.
He also came runner-up (behind Lukasz Fabianski) in the Hammer of the Year competition. West Ham fans hold high hopes for the England midfielder’s future.
Declan Rice for England
Rice earned his first two England caps earlier this season after switching allegiance from the Republic of Ireland.
The London-born midfielder came on as a substitute in the home win over the Czech Republic. And followed this up with a fine performance on his full debut against Montenegro.
Both ended in heavy wins for England in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. And now Rice has the chance to compete for silverware in the UEFA Nations League next month.
Rice tweeted a picture of himself in the England kit with the caption: “Looking forward to two big games next month, can’t wait to meet up with the lads again.”
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) May 16, 2019
Here are several tweets from West Ham fans after this announcement. Widespread pride is clear to see in these responses.
you deserve it, make us proud⚒⚒⚒
— Happy Hammer47⚒ (@Irons1980Sh) May 16, 2019
Yesss mate! Well deserved ⚒⚒⚒
— Graeme Ivatt (@IvattGraeme) May 16, 2019
Just don’t go listening to those City boys Declan ⚒😉
— Peter Taylor (@PeterTaylorC) May 16, 2019
— ⚒Charlie Goddard⚒ (@chazney129) May 16, 2019
Many congratulations @_DeclanRice, very well deserved now go and show Gareth Southgate what you’re made of!! Look forward to watching you in an England Shirt again very soon!!!
— Sophie Shipton (@sophieshipton5) May 16, 2019
Great news😆well done on your call up . Enjoy the summer & keep clear of injuries 👍🏴⚒
— Tony skelton (@SkeltonTony) May 16, 2019