Traditionally West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur don’t get on.

Whether it is supporters teasing and tormenting one another, the clubs fighting over a stadium or going through the courts over an alleged spying scandal (BBC Sport).

There is no love lost between West Ham and Spurs, a rivalry which has grown bigger over the Premier League era.

Tottenham fans claim they are not bothered by West Ham. Just like Arsenal fans used to claim they were not bothered about Spurs.

The truth is they are, even if their team is a tier above the Hammers in the Premier League pecking order.

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Rivalry put to one side

Rivalries were put aside this week, though, as England’s clutch of Tottenham stars showed their class.

Harry Kane, Danny Rose and Dele Alli have all backed and embraced West Ham star Declan Rice just when he needed it most.

Even Dele Alli was mentioned by Rice himself as someone who has helped the midfielder settle into the Three Lions squad.

Rice received his first call-up amid much controversy after switching allegiance from the Republic of Ireland.

And with the spotlight firmly fixed on the Hammers hero, then came the bad press as a result of social media posts he made as a young Ireland international.

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Spurs stars rally around under pressure Rice

Rice is expected to start against Czech Republic on Friday night.

He does so feeling assured after the classy actions of Spurs stars this week.

 

Here’s what they had to say about Rice.

“It is brilliant Declan is here,” Danny Rose told the Independent.

“I have watched him and West Ham many times this season and he is such a good player. I met him for the first time on Monday and he was really friendly and seems like a proper nice lad.”

The most influential backing came from England captain Kane himself.

“I spoke to him yesterday,” Kane told the press ahead of Friday’s game against the Czech Republic as reported by the likes of Football London.

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‘I’m a big fan’

“The thing I like most about him is as a defensive midfielder he looks to play forward as quick as possible. It’s easy to play side to side and backwards and their completion rate looks good. Declan’s first thought is to look forward.

“On the defensive side he has a centre-back’s instinct to drop in… I’m a big fan of him, I like the way he plays. I spoke to him about (being a centre back) and he enjoys where he is now. In football nowadays you have to be versatile.

“It’s great to have someone who can play in different positions.

“I think he prefers to play as a defensive midfielder… from my point of view I think he’ll stay there for most of his career.”

England used to be infamous for its clique culture.

So it is great to see players putting club rivalries to bed for the greater good.

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