By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

19th Nov, 2022 | 10:10am

Pundit details major West Ham World Cup transfer issue as Declan Rice prepares for England clash

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West Ham United fans will be hoping Declan Rice has a great World Cup, but not too good for fear of losing him says Frank McAvennie.

The Hammers captain is set to represent England in Qatar over the next month, starting with their opening group game against Iran on Monday (21 November).

But while Hammers fans will be cheering on their sole representative in the Three Lions squad, McAvennie is wary that if he shines too brightly that the biggest clubs could come knocking in the summer and leave West Ham powerless to keeping him.

“You’d like to think a lot of them [will play well during the tournament]. The biggest problem for me is I want Declan to do really well, but the problem is if he’s done really well then other teams are going to go ahead and take him,” he told West Ham Zone.

“So it’s a catch 22.

Listen, I like the boy, so I want Declan to do really well. I hope Declan comes through it, doesn’t get a bad injury, and shows the world what kind of player he is because he’s a great talent and he’s a West Ham boy, so we’ll see how it goes.

“I wish him well, but not too well. Don’t get injured.”

Rice is expected to be a key player for Gareth Southgate’s side in group games against Iran, United States and Wales.

West Ham’s next fixture is on Boxing Day, where they will face league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, so they will be praying that Rice is fit and raring to go as they look to move away from the relegation zone after a poor first-half to the season.