It has been another whirlwind week for West Ham United hero Declan Rice.
Rice received his first England 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.
Happy Hammer reveals three closest friends in England setup
The week ended on a hugely positive note for West Ham’s young enforcer, though. Rice made his full debut and played 90 minutes in the 5-1 win away at Montenegro.
The seemingly permanently happy Hammer was wearing his trademark grin from ear to ear all week.
Rice seemed to fit in with his Three Lions teammates instantly.
And he revealed to FA TV that Leicester City’s Harry Maguire, Manchester City star Raheem Sterling and Tottenham Hotspur favourite Dele Alli were the dthree players who made the biggest impact on him during his time in camp.
‘They’ve been really good’
“I was a bit nervous to meet some of the lads but they’ve all welcomed me and there’s a great team spirit on the training field and everything was really, really good,” Rice told FA TV.
“Trained my first session with (Raheem) Sterling and he’s on another level, just ridiculous. Harry Maguire has been really good, had a good few conversations with him. Dele (Alli, has been good with me), Raz (Sterling), they’ve been really good.
“They’re all really good lads and they’ve taken to me and I’ve taken to them.”
Sterling proof Rice has been embraced by new teammates
Sterling showed just how much he liked Rice when he posted a funny message on Twitter in response to a picture of the pair celebrating during the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic.
“Legend says Declan is still holding me in his arms,” Sterling posted with a laughing emoji in reply to a picture of the West Ham man lovingly hugging him following one of his three goals that night.
legend says Declan is still holding me in his arms 🤣
— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) March 23, 2019
West Ham fans will be hoping Rice can bring the feel-good factor back to his club for the run-in as Manuel Pellegrini’s side go in search of a seventh place finish and potential Europa League spot.