By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

18th Sep, 2021 | 3:10pm

Frank McAvennie lauds Declan Rice display v Dinamo Zagreb, shrugs off West Ham exit fears

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…

Frank McAvennie is unfazed by the uncertainty surrounding Declan Rice’s future after his maestro display against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

Rice, 22, produced a dominant performance in Croatia as West Ham got their Europa League campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win.

The England international scored the second goal of the game to put the match beyond their opponents after Michail Antonio’s first-half opener got them up and running.

Ex-Irons attacker McAvennie lauded Rice after West Ham’s first European adventure of the 2021/22 campaign got off to the perfect start.

He even shrugged his shoulders at the ongoing media speculation that he will leave the club next year.

“What a goal,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone. “I think he had a rush of blood to the head, he didn’t know what to do when he got into the box!

“The keeper has to cover his goal so of course it goes under his legs, it doesn’t matter how it goes into the net, that was a good goal.

“What a lung-busting run from the halfway line, he shrugged one of the midfield players off and that is what Declan does.

“I’m delighted to see him still there and enjoying his football. If he goes for £100million next year then so be it, let’s enjoy this year.”

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