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Pictures: West Ham star Declan Rice goes head-to-head with Tottenham rival Eric Dier in first England training session

Pictures have emerged from West Ham United star Declan Rice’s first training session with England.

Rice is set to make his England debut in the next week after his first call-up (The Mirror).

Rice caused a stir when he elected to switch allegiance to the Three Lions from Ireland.

The world and its wife seems to have had their say on the issue.

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England debut beckons for Rolls Royce Rice

But Rice kept his head down and his superb season in the centre of West Ham’s midfield has been rewarded with his first England selection for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

The call-up saw many fans and pundits predict the beginning of the end for rival Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool midfielders Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson.

Southgate has been busy building a young, hungry England side.

But Dier and Henderson have failed to establish themselves in the defensive midfield position.

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Rice has been the best player under 21 in that position in Europe’s top five leagues this season, read full story here.

Now pictures have emerged showing Rice in action during his first England training session.

And he was pitted against rival Dier during the session.

Rice was also pictured alongside the likes of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell, Jadon Sancho, Dele Alli and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Here are a selection of pictures showing Rice in his first England training session.

Declan Rice’s first England training session in pictures

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