Rice has become one of West Ham’s most key players over the past season, and he has forced his way into the England side.
The West Ham man was selected to start against Holland in the Nations League last night.
And Carragher feels that Rice can push to make the defensive midfield role his own for club and country.
“I think now in 12 months time, he will be in that holding position,” Carragher said.
“He’ll be our best player in there. He’s a defensive player and he’s about breaking play up, but I think his passing is very, very underrated.”
Rice actually may not have enjoyed his best game for England last night.
The Three Lions were beaten 3-1 by Holland, with Rice showing that he still has a need to develop before becoming the compete article.
At 20, the West Ham man still remains one of the finest prospects in the country though, and his development should be well served at the London Stadium, where he is one of the first names on Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s teamsheet.
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