By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

1st Apr, 2022 | 10:12am

Frank McAvennie: Declan Rice 'absolute certainty' for England and West Ham captaincy

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England manager Gareth Southgate believes that West Ham midfielder Declan Rice could be a future captain for the Three Lions.

The 23-year-old is already vice-captain at the London Stadium behind club legend Mark Noble and if he stays next season, he will be David Moyes’ number one pick to take over from the retiring icon.

Southgate hailed Rice’s leadership qualities saying, “Without a doubt, he has all the attributes to be a captain,” as quoted by the Daily Telegraph.

Ex-Hammers striker Frank McAvennie echoes everything the England boss is saying, claiming that the captaincy is a certainty for the Irons star.

“He’s obviously going to play every game at the moment,” McAvennie said exclusively to West Ham Zone.

“Harry Maguire (another option for the England armband) isn’t in the best form but I don’t think Gareth will be worried about the captaincy at the moment.

“In the future, Rice is an absolute certainty to be captain.”

For the vast majority of the season, Rice has been donning the armband at the London Stadium anyway with Noble playing second fiddle to him and Tomas Soucek in Moyes’ side.

So the pressure of leading a team shouldn’t be something that intimidates him and maybe he can be the man who lifts the World Cup for England once more, decades after our own Bobby Moore did the same.

In other West Ham news, this Irons ace had a big crash in his car on his way to training recently and some have said it’s a “miracle he’s alive”.

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