Rio Ferdinand absolutely raved about West Ham ace Declan Rice after his fine performance for England against Croatia yesterday, when speaking on the BBC’s coverage of the game (June 13th, 15:53).

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The 22-year-old Hammers ace did not put a foot wrong for the Three Lions yesterday.

A lot of his fine work went unnoticed, whoever, as is often the case with defensive midfielders.

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The people who criticised Rice for his performance yesterday are probably the same people who couldn’t understand the role that Sergio Busquets played for the superb Barcelona teams of the past decade.

Rio Ferdinand raves about Declan Rice

Whilst the West Ham ace’s display went over some fans’ heads, it certainly didn’t go unnoticed from one of England’s best ever defenders.

Rio praised Dec to the hilt, when speaking on the BBC’s coverage of the game (June13th, 15:53):

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“Declan Rice was superb in his position in front of the back four, cutting out passes and crosses.”

The 22-year-old has established himself as a vitally important player for both West Ham and England.

Considering his age, that really is hugely impressive.

If England are to be successful at the Euros this summer, Rice will have a key role to play.

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The same can be said for the 22-year-old and West Ham next season.

The Hammers fans know just how important Rice is for club and country. And it seems as though Rio Ferdinand does as well.

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