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

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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.”

 

Here are several tweets from West Ham fans after this announcement. Widespread pride is clear to see in these responses.