Michail Antonio absolutely raved about Declan Rice, when speaking during an appearance on BBC Radio Five Live, suggesting that he is one of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League.

The 20-year-old has firmly established himself as arguably the Hammers’ most important player over the past 15 months or so.

Rice, who earns £40,000 per week according to the Times, rarely puts a foot wrong. His positional sense is exemplary, and he is always willing to receive the ball from his defenders.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

The West Ham man has been rewarded for his fine form over the past year with a call-up to the England national squad, and he has already earned five international caps for the Three Lions.

Antonio is certainly a big fan of his teammate.


The Hammers winger told BBC Radio Five Live how Rice is one of the best in the Premier League:

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Declan Rice celebrates with Michail Antonio(Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“Declan Rice is one of the best defensive midfield players in the league. He is, the way I’d say it, after Fernandinho, after Kante, I’d probably put him third. He cleans up everything. It’s just his stature with his long legs and he’s a tall guy. He keeps the team ticking, he’s technically quality, he’s got his left foot and his right foot and he’s young.”

That’s high praise indeed from Antonio.

Rice still has a long way to go before he can be classed in the same bracket as Fernandinho and N’Golo Kante.

The West Ham youngster is certainly on the right track, however.

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