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Baffled West Ham star Declan Rice labels the likes of Gary Neville and Graeme Souness 'laughable' over comments
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Baffled West Ham star Declan Rice labels the likes of Gary Neville and Graeme Souness 'laughable' over comments

Baffled West Ham star Declan Rice has labelled the likes of Gary Neville and Graeme Souness ‘laughable’ over comments about him.

The world has been slowly waking up to West Ham talisman Rice’s supreme talent.

He has had to gradually earn the respect of many rival fans and pundits with top performance after top performance for club and country over the last couple of years.

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John Terry recently said the West Ham midfielder was the best player in his position in world football.

And Glenn Hoddle said Rice was the best player in the Premier League.

From the minute West Ham fans laid eyes on Rice in the first team they knew he was special.

But the likes Graeme Souness and Gary Neville continue to bore everyone to tears with their stubborn insistence that Rice is not a top midfielder and should be playing centre-back instead.

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Earlier this season David Moyes – the man who knows Rice better than anyone – hit back at Souness for such comments.

And Neville was roundly criticised by West Ham fans for similar comments a couple of months ago.

It’s not something in the water at Sky Sports because Jamie Carragher has repeatedly hailed Rice as one of the best midfielders around.

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Baffled West Ham star Declan Rice labels the likes of Gary Neville and Graeme Souness ‘laughable’ over comments

But now Rice has had his say, labelling the likes of Neville and Souness ‘laughable’ with their views that he should move to centre-back (The Evening Standard).

“It’s laughable,” Rice told The Evening Standard.

“I think you can see in my game I’m never a centre-back. I feel like I’ve got too much ability to be playing at the back. I want to be progressive and athletic. I feel like I can do that in a midfield sense. I feel like now I’m not just a holding midfielder anymore.

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“I was always labelled as one that just sits in front of the back four, I really now want to see myself as a box-to-box player where I can get up and down and start creating things as well as getting back and helping the team as well. There is still a long way to go and I can improve so much.

“I feel like as I’ve progressed and got taller, stronger and better on the ball I’ve moved into midfield I’ve built the confidence to play there.

“Now that is where I feel I influence the game the most. I feel like if I went back to the back I wouldn’t have much impact on the game.”

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