West Ham United star Declan Rice could now be overused by England manager Gareth Southgate following the withdrawal from the squad of Leeds United ace Kalvin Phillips due to injury.

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Hammers ace Rice, 22, has established himself as the most important player at the London Stadium.

He is so crucially important to David Moyes, so it will always be a worry for the Scot and the West Ham fans when he goes away on international duty.

Rice has now firmly cemented his place in the England national team starting XI under Gareth Southgate.

Hungary v England: 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips (Photo by Eddie Keogh – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

The Hammers man plays a key role for the Three Lions. England face two games over the next five days against Andorra and Hungary respectively.

The games are both World Cup qualifiers, so Southgate will want to ensure his side take maximum points from the contests. And after Leeds star Phillips dropped out of the squad through injury, Dec may now have to play more minutes than he would have originally been expected to.

West Ham fans’ fears realised with Declan Rice set to be overused by England boss Gareth Southgate?

With no Phillips available, Southgate may well now be forced to use Dec for 90 minutes in both games.

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England stars Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice (Photo by Eddie Keogh – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

If the Leeds man was part of the squad, the England boss could have rotated the two midfielders.

Declan Rice looked rather leggy in West Ham’s last Premier League game against Brentford on Sunday.

It would have been nice if Southgate gave him a rest in one of the games or played him for just 45 minutes in both.

There is a very good chance that won’t happen now, however.

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And if Rice plays 90 minutes in both upcoming England games, one of the West Ham fans’ worst fears could be realised.

 

Dec might return to the London Stadium even more jaded or God forbid, pick up an injury as a result of over exertion.

All we can do is keep our fingers crossed that that doesn’t happen.

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