The Chelsea ace said Hammers star Rice was impressive in training along with Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is one of three new arrivals in the England camp who have been highly praised by Chelsea's Ross Barkley following the conclusion of the March international fixtures.
Rice was previously within the Republic of Ireland setup but recently decided to switch international allegiance to the Three Lions and, over the past week, made his debut as a substitute in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic before his full debut in the 5-1 hammering of Montenegro in Podgorica (Transfermarkt).
The 20-year-old was one of three highly rated young players called up by Gareth Southgate for the Euro 2020 qualifying double header, along with Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Given how England scored 10 goals and conceded just one in the two games, the mood amongst fans is very optimistic, with real hope that the Three Lions can build on their 2018 World Cup semi-final finish as well as being in the last four of the UEFA Nations League.
Barkley, who has 27 England caps (Transfermarkt), is quoted by The Express as saying: “You see how the young players have performed and how good they are. Declan Rice, Jadon Sancho and Callum. All week they have been frightening in training and the future is bright.
“Yes, we can all improve. We are not in the game to accept where we are at. We have to improve at club level – and at international level there is a lot of room for improvement.”
England return to action on Thursday 6 June, when they face the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the Nations League (Sky Sports).
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