Declan Rice has recently been away on international duty with England, and he told reporters how he is buzzing to return to West Ham.

The 20-year-old burst into the scene with the Hammers last season. And he is now considered to be one of the best deep-lying midfielders in the Premier League.

Over the course of the past six months or so, Rice has earned five international caps for England. And he will undoubtedly be a hugely important player for both West Ham and the Three Lions over the next decade.

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Declan Rice (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

The former Chelsea academy graduate joined the Hammers when he was just 14. And he has gone from strength to strength since then.

Rice’s all-round game really is very impressive, and despite receiving criticism from some sections of England fans for his last two performances, he will be fairly pleased with his start to the season.

 

Rice spoke exclusively to WHUFC.com, and suggested that he is buzzing to return to the London Stadium having been away with England for the past 10 days:

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Declan Rice (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

“Yeah, it’s started really well, aside from the game against Manchester City, I think we’ve been excellent. It picks it up massively. I’ve always been a confident player and always tried my best for my team. When I go back to West Ham, I’ll be buzzing. Obviously, I’ve played two games with England, I’m still just 20-years-old and I’m still learning and trying to improve.”

Hammers fans will be delighted to hear the 20-year-old’s comments. It would have been easy for him to be low on confidence following the recent criticism he received from the media and fans alike.

Rice, despite his tender years, has always showcased incredible maturity. And that comes across clearly when he speaks to reporters.

West Ham and England have a wonderful young player on their hands. And a well-rounded young man too.

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