Declan Rice earned his fifth international cap for England against Kosovo last night, and some West Ham fans took to Twitter in reaction to his performance.

The 20-year-old burst onto the scene with the Hammers last season. And he is now considered to be one of the best holding midfield players in the Premier League.

He received criticism from some sections of England fans, however, for his performance against Bulgaria on Saturday.

It seems as though people forget what Rice’s job actually is, however.

England v Bulgaria - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier

Declan Rice (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The West Ham youngster, who earns £40,000 per week according to the Times, excels at breaking up the opposition’s play, and provides another level of cover for his defenders.

He is never going to have too much of an influence in the final third. And a lot of the good work that he does often goes unnoticed.

One thing’s for sure, however. Rice will go on to be an incredibly important player for both the Hammers and the Three Lions over the next decade or so.

Some West Ham fans took to Twitter in reaction to his display last night…

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