There was Declan Rice concern for West Ham last night after what he was spotted doing late on against Germany.

It has been a pretty miserable international break for West Ham’s players.

The only bright spark so far has been Lucas Paqueta with Brazil but even his brilliant performance in a deeper midfield role raises an issue for David Moyes on where to play him at West Ham.

Thilo Kehrer lost his Germany place for their defeat to Hungary but was reinstated for the draw with England and played well.

Emerson not only lost his Italy place but the man who took it was one of the Azzurri’s star players over their two wins against England and Hungary.

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Gianluca Scamacca has lost his place in the same team and Roberto Mancini has now revealed he is going in a different direction instead.

Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal were battered 4-0 by Portugal with the former particularly poor again and hauled off despite being captain.

Said Benrahma can’t get a look in with Algeria as a result of his lack of game time with West Ham.

Alphonse Areola was given a big and rare chance with France as a result of injuries to the two goalkeepers ahead of him in the pecking order, Hugo Lloris and Mike Maignan.

But France suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Denmark with West Ham’s number two in goal.

Jarrod Bowen was on the bench for England’s defeat against the Italians but did not play a single minute before then being dropped altogether from the squad for the Germany game.

As he has with his club, West Ham skipper Rice looked far from his brilliant best in England’s defeat to Italy.

Rice was much improved in the draw with Germany, though.

So far the main positive for West Ham and Moyes is that his stars have steered clear of injury. Or have they?

There was Declan Rice concern for West Ham after what he was spotted doing late on against Germany.

West Ham hearts were in mouths when Rice stretched out a leg to make a challenge in the middle of the pitch.

Afterwards Rice was seen bent over for some time rubbing his knee both at the front and behind.

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Channel 4 coverage showed a replay of the moment with co-commentator Graeme Le Saux suggesting Rice might have hurt himself by over-extending in the challenge.

Rice played on and finished the game. And there did not appear to be any further issues.

But it will bring back bad memories for West Ham who saw the midfielder do exactly the same thing playing for England at the tail end of the 2020/21 season, where he also played on after hurting his knee.

Then when he returned to West Ham it was discovered he had a knee injury and was ruled out for around two months.

It meant Rice was absent for crucial games during West Ham’s run-in as Moyes’s side missed out on the Champions League by a solitary win – which they would almost certainly have got had their talisman been available.

There have been no official reports that Rice is indeed injured again since England’s 3-3 draw with the Germans.

But there were a host of West Ham fans fearing he has picked up a knock in that challenge.

It will be worth keeping an eye on Moyes’s pre-match press conference ahead of the crunch game with Wolves.

If Rice was feeling his knee after the game he almost certainly won’t be risked for Wolves given West Ham have a jam-packed October with nine games in four weeks.

That is quickly followed by four games in just 12 days of November before the World Cup break.

We will all be keeping everything crossed that Rice has not hurt himself and will be fine for the weekend.


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