West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice was “exceptional” for England in midweek and is learning a lot from Tottenham Hotspur skipper Harry Kane, Hammers boss David Moyes has told Football London.
The 21-year-old may just be getting started in his senior career but it seems he’s already thinking big.
Rice told Goal earlier this week he has his heart set on wearing the captain’s armband for club and country, having taken inspiration from the way England teammate and Spurs striker Kane leads by example on and off the pitch.
“With Harry, you feel his presence all the time,” the West Ham academy graduate explains.
“He wasn’t involved against Ireland (3-0 win last week) but beforehand he’s in the changing room getting everyone ready. He’s talking to the lads individually. For a youngster like me aspiring to be a future captain, that’s great.”
With Mark Noble no longer a guaranteed starter at West Ham, Rice has donned the armband for six of the club’s eight Premier League games this season.
And Moyes believes the all-action midfielder, who opened his international account with a header in Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing of Iceland, is benefiting from sharing space with Tottenham’s talisman.
“The big thing is he is improving. (Rice) is learning an awful lot. His performance for England the other night was exceptional. His performance was so good,” Moyes says.
“He is picking up (knowledge) from good people like Mark Noble, Harry Kane. I think, for Declan, it is continuing to learn and seeing what good practice looks like. We are trying to get him to take more responsibility.
“The manager of West Ham thinks he is terrific.”
Rice’s 13th game for England was certainly his best, with one of the most gifted midfielders in the Premier League finally bringing his outstanding club form to the international stage.