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Paul Merson raved about West Ham United youngster Declan Rice on Sky Sports News (1:50pm, October 17, 2020).

The former Arsenal star, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, has been impressed with the discipline that Rice shows when he plays in defensive midfield.

The 21-year-old can operate in midfield or in central defence, and the England international has done well in both positions.

Merson believes that Rice is a very disciplined holding midfielder, and thinks that he could play in the middle of a back-three for England.

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The Englishman said about Rice on Sky Sports News (1:50pm, October 17, 2020): “He’s a very disciplined holding midfield player and he’s very good.

“I think for his age, he’s very very disciplined, he doesn’t go chasing around like a headless chicken. I think he can end up playing as the one in the middle of a three for England at the back.”

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Rice is a very good and promising young player who has already established himself as a key figure in the current West Ham team.

The 21-year-old is one of the first names on manager David Moyes’s teamsheet and is a prized asset.

According to WhoScored, Rice has made four appearances in the Premier League for West Ham so far this season.

During the 2020-21 campaign, the 21-year-old scored one goal and provided three assists in the league, while in 2018-19, he scored two goals in 34 league games, according to WhoScored.

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