West Ham starting XI from Declan Rice debut in 2017; PL winner and 3 current stars feature

Declan Rice made his debut for West Ham five years ago away at Burnley, but what happened to the starting XI from that day?

The 23-year-old Hammers ace has since gone on to become the best central defensive midfielder in the Premier League, if not the world.

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Rice is absolutely vital to West Ham and keeping him at the London Stadium beyond the end of the summer transfer window will be absolutely vital for David Moyes.

The Hammers have made huge progress as a team and a football club over the past few years as well.


We are unrecognisable from the team that Rice burst into five years ago as an 18-year-old.

But what has happened to Dec’s teammates from that day? One player has gone on to be incredibly successful from a personal perspective whilst others have struggled.

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West Ham starting XI from Declan Rice debut


The Spanish stopper has incredibly gone on to win multiple trophies with Liverpool since being released by the Hammers in 2019.

The 35-year-old was a very popular figure in East London and we say good luck to him, considering what he has gone on to achieve in the game, despite the fact that he hasn’t actually played that many games for Liverpool!

Sam Byram

The 28-year-old was sold to Norwich in 2019 after an underwhelming spell at the London Stadium. It was very much a case of the right club at the wrong time for Byram and his injury problems certainly didn’t help.

Angelo Ogbonna

The experienced Italian, 33, is still at West Ham. He played a key role for us over the past couple of seasons before suffering a serious ACL injury in November. Hopefully he comes back even stronger next season.

James Collins

Ginge, a huge fan favourite in East London, retired back in October 2020. He is still very much a West Ham fan and is known to follow the club home and away.

Jose Fonte

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The Portugal international flopped badly after joining the Hammers from Southampton in January 2017 and left to join Chinese side Dalian Yifang just a year later. The now 35-year-old currently plays for French side Lille.

Aaron Cresswell

The 32-year-old is still very much a Hammer and will become our longest serving current player when Mark Noble hangs up his boots next season. Cresswell has been a great servant for West Ham and his recent mistake in our Europa League semi-final clash with Eintracht Frankfurt should in no way tarnish his legacy.

Manuel Lanzini

The Argentinian ace has rediscovered his best form for West Ham this season and is a hugely poplar figure amongst the fans and his teammates. There have been rumours that he could leave the London Stadium this summer though, so it will be interesting to see what happens with Manu beyond the end of this season.

Edimilson Fernandes

The Switzerland international was a decent player for us but was sold to German side Mainz in the summer of 2019. He has since gone on to play for Arminia and Young Boys on loan.

Dec replaced Fernandes as an 89th minute substitute at Turf Moor on May 21st 2017.

Robert Snodgrass

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Snoddy was the ultimate professional for the Hammers but was eventually moved on to West Brom in January 2021. The Scot now plays for Luton Town.

Andre Ayew

The Ghana international struggled to live up to his £20 million price-tag after joining West Ham from Swansea in the summer of 2016 and was eventually sold back to the Welsh side in January 2018.

Sofiane Feghouli

The Algeria international is still playing for Galatasaray having left West Ham nearly five years ago.

The West Ham starting XI from Declan Rice debut in 2017 has changed so much.

David Moyes has totally transformed the club and the challenge for him now will be to continue those improvements on into next season.

Declan Rice’s development as a player has mirrored West Ham’s recent transformation and let’s hope that continues on both accounts.

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