The 20-year-old, who is enjoying a stellar season at the London Stadium this season, was recently called up to the England squad for their up and coming Euro 2020 qualifiers, as reported by BBC Sport.
Last season, when Pearce was on the coaching staff at West Ham, then-manager David Moyes played the teenager in a back three before he was moved into a number 6 role by Manuel Pellegrini upon his arrival last summer.
Speaking to Drivetime on talkSPORT (13/03/2019 at 5:10 pm), former England defender, Pearce spoke about Rice's current position and made two huge claims about the player.
"His worth to the team is probably more important than his development," Pearce told talkSPORT. "His worth for West Ham is where he's playing at the moment. I think playing there is ideal for him at present. I think somewhere down the line in his development, he'll drop back into a back four or a back three.
"I don't see any reason why not [he can't be England captain]. It depends on how he develops as a man. On working with him, on footballing years, he's above his years. This will only be good for him to work with Steve Holland, Gareth Southgate and rub shoulders with some of the top players in the Premier League."
After his first call-up to the England squad, Rice will be hoping to cement his place in the team, with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier and possibly Fabian Delph also vying for those positions.
There is no doubt that Rice has been one of the standout players in the Premier League this term, showcasing his calmness and ability to sense danger from his defensive midfield position.
Now, the pressure will be well and truly on the youngster because he will be playing on a bigger stage for his national side and expectation levels will also rise.
But Rice will be looking to finish the season on a high for both club and country as he has a chance to help West Ham finish in the Premier League's top 10 this term.
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