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.
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…
Reason he gets stick is because its the most under appreciated position on the pitch. FACT!!
— Wrecking Ball (@300BetMan) September 10, 2019
Total composure. Hasn’t put a foot wrong yet again.
— Dean Marsh™ (@deanrmarsh) September 10, 2019
Bro anyone who doesn’t watch West Ham has absolutely no idea how vital Rice is. Honestly big claim to make but he’s so similar to Busquets.
— ⚒SAMMY M⚒ (@Lazy_Shit_) September 10, 2019
He’s exactly what England needed, massive upgrade on Dier. Extra points that he’s forced out a spurs player.
— Nathlaaar (@Nathlaaar) September 10, 2019
Just about to say the same thing. Anyone questioning Rice, watch the Sancho goal again. That role is vital in any side and it is rare to see someone so young play it so fantastically well.
— G (@gdizzle1981) September 10, 2019
The lad is playing superbly quietly and effectively going about his business
— danny cornish (@fantasybandido) September 10, 2019
Should be captain of England as was Mooro at such a young age
— 🇪🇺 Peter Goodair ⚒ (@Northbankboy) September 10, 2019
Mate absolute madness that anyone questions @_DeclanRice for England!
This man is exactly what @England have needed for years! Fans want a midfielder to score 20 goals but don’t get that he’s the best English defensive midfielder in absolute years! He never,ever loses the ball!
— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) September 10, 2019
But people will still find some way to moan about his performance… smh
— Alex Williams (@WHFCWilko) September 10, 2019