Chris Sutton thrilled by West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice after England win v Senegal in World Cup
Chris Sutton has showered praise on West Ham midfielder Declan Rice on Daily Mail after his performance for England in the 3-0 win against Senegal on Monday [5 December].
The BBC pundit has been left thrilled as Rice made some “impressive” driving runs, and allowed the likes of Jordan Henderson and Jude Bellingham to play with more freedom.
Sutton was very impressed with the “discipline” showed by Rice, and gave him a 7/10 rating.
“Could have got on the ball more in the first half but his positioning and pressing helped snuff out openings for Senegal,” wrote Sutton for The Daily Mail [5 December, page 73].
“His discipline allows Bellingham and Henderson to push on but Rice made his mark going forward as well with a couple of impressive driving runs.”
Rice is overflowing with confidence at the moment and he is completely enjoying his football.
He has been arguably one of the most consistent players for the Hammers and has developed into a top-class central midfielder in the Premier League.
The 23-year-old was always good at tackling and defensive aspects of the game, but where he has really improved is in his discipline in passing.
Last night, he registered 55 passes with 94.6% accuracy, according to Who scored.
Also, Rice now has the confidence to carry the ball from deep in midfield to the final third with some bursting runs. Always bubbling with energy, Rice is the fulcrum of this England side.
Unfortunately, the Hammers fans may not see him again wearing the West Ham shirt next season.
Rice wants to play in the Champions League and he has no shortage of admirers. West Ham are keen to keep him at the club, but it looks likely that this could be his last season at the London Stadium.