Declan Rice is set for his first England call-up as Gareth Southgate prepares to announce his squad, The Sun reports.

England have Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro at the end of March and Rice is set for his first call-up.

The West Ham midfielder recently switched allegiance to England after representing the Republic of Ireland on three occasions.

And Southgate is ready to immediately call upon Rice, who has been West Ham’s standout outfield player this season.

Rice’s  potential England role

Jordan Henderson could be replaced by Declan Rice in the England side. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

According to this report by The Sun, Southgate believes Rice is England’s long-term replacement for Jordan Henderson in central midfield.

 

Henderson, who currently captains Liverpool, has earned 48 caps for England since his debut in 2010.

But the 28-year-old has sometimes been criticised for being neither an out-and-out defensive midfielder, nor a central midfield playmaker.

Rice offers England the chance to use a specialist in the holding midfield role. He has thrived in that position for the Hammers this season.

Operating just in front of the back four, the 20-year-old reads the game well and produces consistent performances in the middle of the park.

West Ham fans are getting very excited about their homegrown starlet and now England fans might get the chance to see Rice in action later this month.