England have moved to put conspiracy theories surrounding West Ham United star Declan Rice to bed with messages on social media.
West Ham’s talisman Rice has become one of the first names on the teamsheet for England under Gareth Southgate.
Rice helped West Ham into the Europa League – and within just one win of the Champions League – last season.
Rice running on empty at the end of each game in new lung-busting role
And he took his heroic performances onto the international stage with the Three Lions in the summer as he drove Southgate’s side to the final of the Euros.
Rice has been enjoying more freedom to burst forward for West Ham this season.
And he has been leaving nothing in the tank, as we saw in the defeat to Brentford when he required treatment on the pitch.
Rice injury conspiracy theories do the rounds after absence from training pictures
Rice was called up for the October internationals with England set to play Andorra and Hungary.
But when the West Ham man was not pictured in training with his England teammates it sparked a few conspiracy theories.
One was that he had picked up an injury in West Ham’s defeat to Brentford.
Another that he had been injured in the gym while training with England.
England put Rice rumours to bed with social media posts
West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh described Rice’s absence from England training as a ‘mystery’.
The site pointed out that he appeared to be holding his hamstring against Brentford but ruled out any injury.
Claret and Hugh said West Ham sources had told them: “You know as much as us” when it came to Rice’s absence from training.
Well now England have taken to social media to put the rumours to bed with a couple of posts making it clear Rice is in training and in good spirits.
Rice pictured re-enacting famous West Ham celebration with Lingard in England training
So much so he even appears to be re-enacting a famous West Ham celebration with Jesse Lingard.
The West Ham band celebration dubbed Backstreet Moyes saw Lingard playing the imaginary flute while doing a jig as Rice played the drums and Pablo Fornals played the air guitar after a goal against Tottenham last season.
Lingard was once again on the flute but this time Rice was pictured using a corner flag to play the guitar.
England captioned the picture of Rice with his former West Ham teammate: “Bringing the noise.”
Hammers duo Rice and Nevin chew the fat
So there you have it West Ham fans, Rice is fine.
Although it would be a big surprise to see him play against minnows Andorra. Rice sat out the reverse fixture last month along with most of Southgate’s first choice XI.
Rice was also pictured having a chat with West Ham assistant boss Paul Nevin in England training.
Hugely respected Hammers coach Nevin has been brought back into the England staff by Southgate with David Moyes’s blessing.