Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane praises West Ham United's Declan Rice

Gareth Southgate, Manager of England signs autographs and speaks to fans during an England training session during an England Media Access day at St Georges Park on March 19, 2019 in...

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane and West Ham United's Declan Rice are now England teammates.

Declan Rice of England trains with Eric Dier of England during an England training session during an England Media Access day at St Georges Park on March 19, 2019 in Burton-upon-Trent,...

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has revealed that he has been 'speaking' to West Ham youngster Declan Rice in recent days and stated that he is a 'great kid'.

The England captain also launched a staunch defence of the 20-year-old ace and stated that 'no-one can blame him' for deciding to switch allegiances from the Republic of Ireland. 

Gareth Southgate selected Rice for the first time for the Three Lions' up and coming Euro 2020 qualifiers and the defensive-minded midfielder will be looking to earn his first cap.  

 

Speaking to Sky Sports News (19/03/2019 at 3:35 pm), Kane shared his thoughts on Rice, his decision to play for England and what his early impressions of him are. 

"I have been speaking to him over the last couple of days and he seems a great lad," Kane told Sky Sports News. "Again, enjoying his football and enjoying the season he has been having so far. He's been having a great season with West Ham.

"The decision he made [to switch alleginces] is one that he thinks is going to be best for his future. No-one can blame him for that. He's here and I can tell by just training with him for a couple of days that he will give everything for the country."

Declan Rice of West Ham United challenges Philip Billing of Huddersfield Town during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Huddersfield Town at London Stadium on March 16,...

England will take on the Czech Republic on home soil on Thursday before they make the trip to Montenegro as they prepare to qualify for the next Euro's.

Rice, who has been in stunning form for West Ham this season, will be looking to start, but he does have competition for that number 6 place.

Tottenham's Eric Dier, Liverpool's Jordan Hendeson and potentially Manchester City's Fabian Delph, who is more of a utility player, will be looking to start in the middle of the park for England. 

There is no doubt that Kane will lead the line once again for his country as they look to continue their recent good form which has won them plaudits all round. 

Harry Kane of England signs autographs for fan during an England training session during an England Media Access day at St Georges Park on March 19, 2019 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

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