Ian Wright criticised Declan Rice, when speaking during ITV’s broadcast of England vs Bulgaria yesterday (Saturday, 5:52pm), suggesting that the West Ham ace needs to be more alert to his teammates’ runs.

The 20-year-old burst onto the scene with the Hammers last season. And he has now established himself as one of the Premier League’s best holding midfielders.

Rice is arguably West Ham’s most important player – a bold statement considering his age and relative inexperience.

England v Bulgaria - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier

Declan Rice (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The former Chelsea graduate seems to have everything needed to be a truly elite player for West Ham and England.

Or does he?

Former Arsenal and England star Ian Wright pinpointed an area of Rice’s game that he must improve upon, if he is to become a world class footballer, when speaking during ITV’s broadcast of England vs Bulgaria yesterday (Saturday, 5:52pm):


“This is really frustrating for me. Look at how frustrated he is. He’s getting that pass [at Manchester City] and Gareth’s got to be saying to Declan ‘if Raheem makes that run, he’s got to get it’. That’s what he’s used to doing.”


Wright’s criticism does seem to be a little harsh. Rice is, after-all, just 20, and has many years ahead of him where he will undoubtedly continue to improve.

The West Ham youngster has been incredibly consistent over the past 12 months, and he is more than deserving of his place in the England squad.

And the more experience he gains, the better he will become as an all-round player.

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