By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

19th Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

Pundit blasts West Ham United star Declan Rice for penalty miss, not focusing on football

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Pundit Frank McAvennie has told West Ham skipper Declan Rice to concentrate on his football instead of “acting like a fool” on TV.

Rice has started both Premier League games so far this season for the Hammers and missed a crucial penalty against Nottingham Forest in the 1-0 defeat last weekend.

And McAvennie says he was surprised to see Rice take the penalty rather than one of the attackers, and demanded the England international “make it right” next time he’s given the chance by not stepping up and to stop appearing on TV shows like A League Of Their Own and focus on his football.

“Yeah [I was surprised],” he told West Ham Zone.

“Yeah I was surprised. He doesn’t take penalties so.. When I was at West Ham it was Ray Stewart. Never missed a penalty. Then it was Julian Dicks. Never missed.

Now if Julian Dicks wasn’t playing, and somebody else wanted to take a penalty they wouldn’t have got it. I’d have taken it. Because your centre-forward is going for goals. It would be me and Tony Cottee.

“I just don’t get Declan.

“When Rice missed that penalty.. He was on that show with Jamie Redknapp [A League Of Their Own], where he’s dancing about.

I saw him dancing about and I thought, stop doing these stupid shows and just concentrate on your football. He was dancing about and doing something, with cricket and all that. I saw Declan on it and I thought, do you really need to go on these shows? Dancing about and acting like a fool?

“He came out and apologised [about the penalty]. You don’t have to do that Declan, just.. you’re better than that. You open yourself up to abuse on Twitter if you apologise. I don’t know why he done it. He shouldn’t apologise for anything.

“Just make it right next time, don’t take it.