Both are graduates of West Ham United’s academy system.

Marcus Browne’s performance for loan club Oxford United on Tuesday has received admiration from one of West Ham United’s most famous former players.

Browne scored two goals of his own after setting up James Henry in Oxford’s 4-2 win against Rochdale.

The West Ham academy product has now contributed directly towards nine goals in 19 games for his temporary employers.

And reacting to Browne’s latest impressive showing on Twitter, Rio Ferdinand wrote:

Like the 20-year-old, Ferdinand rose through the ranks at West Ham, but left to join Leeds United at the turn of the century, before giving more than a decade of service to their rivals, Manchester United.

The 40-year-old hung up his boots after a spell at Queens Park Rangers in 2015, and now works as a pundit for BT Sport.

Browne is due to spend the rest of the season away from the London Stadium, where he has 18 months left on his contract.

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